Stanley Cavell: Philosophy's Recounting of the Ordinary

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Clarendon Press, 1994 - 351 pages
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This is the first full-length philosophical study of the work of Stanley Cavell, best known for his seminal contributions to the fields of film studies, Shakespearian literary criticism, and the confluence of psychoanalysis and literary theory. It is not fully appreciated that Cavell's project originated in his interpretation of Austin's and Wittgenstein's ordinary-language philosophy and is given unity by an abiding concern with the nature and the varying cultural manifestations of the skeptical impulse in modernity. This book elucidates the essentially philosophical roots and trajectory of Cavell's work, traces its links with Romanticism and its recent turn toward a species of moral perfectionism associated with Thoreau and Emerson, and concludes with an assessment of its relations to liberal-democratic political theory, Christian religious thought, and feminist literary studies.
 

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Contents

Bespeaking the World
12
Hume Kant and Criticism
23
Emotivism and Agreement
34
Art Morality Philosophy
48
The Social Contract
55
Conclusion to Part I Philosophys Affirmation
69
Criteria Scepticism and the External World
77
Specific and Generic Objects
85
Acknowledgement and Life
158
Thought and Existence
166
Scepticism and Tragedy
196
Practices of Recovery
207
A Reading of Psychoanalysis
215
Photography Comedy Melodrama
223
The Comedy of Remarriage
231
Writing Mourning Neighbouring
249

Grounds for Knowledge and Grounds for Doubt
94
A Refutation of Scepticism?
102
Criteria Scepticism and Other Minds
108
The Normal and
114
Private Languages and Seeing Aspects
122
Empathic Projection
130
Knowing and Being Known
138
Doubt and Death
150
Perfectionism Idiosyncrasy Justice
263
Philosophy Cannot Say Sin
283
Between Christianity and Liberalism
292
Christianity contra Cavell
301
Patriarchy Homophobia and Male Homosexual Panic
316
Provoking Conversation
333
Index 349
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Stephen Mulhall is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at New College, Oxford. He was previously Reader in Philosophy at the University of Essex.

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