Tragic Thoughts at the End of Philosophy: Language, Literature, and Ethical Theory

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Northwestern University Press, 1999 M07 21 - 299 pages
Recently, a number of Anglo-American philosophers of very different sorts--pragmatists, metaphysicians, philosophers of language, philosophers of law, moral philosophers—have taken a reflective rather than merely recreational interest in literature. Does this literary turn mean that philosophy is coming to an end or merely down to earth? In this collection of essays, one of the most insightful of contemporary literary theorists investigates the intersection of literature and philosophy, analyzing the emerging preferences for practice over theory, particulars over universals, events over structures, inhabitants over spectators, an ethics of responsibility over a morality of rules, and a desire for intimacy with the world instead of simply a disengaged knowledge of it.
 

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Contents

The Proximity of Language
15
Chapter 2
41
Ronald Dworkin Critical Legal Studies and
57
Chapter 4
71
A Cautionary Tale for Neurophilosophers
93
Martha Nussbaums Ethics
107
Chapter 7
133
Chapter 8
165
Stanley Cavells Shakespeare
181
Chapter 10
199
Notes
219
Bibliography
275
Name Index
291
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About the author (1999)

GERALD L. BRUNS is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. His publications include Maurice Blanchot: The Refusal of Philosophy and Hermeneutics Ancient and Modern.

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