Contending with Stanley Cavell

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Russell B. Goodman
Oxford University Press, Feb 10, 2005 - Philosophy - 216 pages
Stanley Cavell has been a brilliant, idiosyncratic, and controversial presence in American philosophy, literary criticism, and cultural studies for years. Even as he continues to produce new writing of a high standard -- an example of which is included in this collection -- his work has elicited responses from a new generation of writers in Europe and America. This collection showcases this new work, while illustrating the variety of Cavell's interests: in the "ordinary language" philosophy of Wittgenstein and Austin, in film criticism and theory, in literature, psychoanalysis, and the American transcendentalism of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. The collection also reprints Richard Rorty's early review of Cavell's magnum opus, The Claim of Reason (1979), and it concludes with Cavell's substantial set of responses to the essays, a highlight of which is his engagement with Rorty.

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This book is a series of essays and as with all such books, some are good and some are not. Rorty's review of 'The Claim of Reason' is good, and makes the argument - what is the status and importance ... Read full review


1 Cavell on Skepticism
2 On Refusing to Begin
3 Cavells Romanticism and Cavells Romanticism
4 Cavell and the Concept of America
Austin after Cavell
6 Cavell and American Philosophy
Stanley Cavell and Film Interpretation
8 The Avoidance of Stanley Cavell
9 Responses
Morals of Encounter
Selected Bibliography

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Russell B. Goodman grew up in New York, and studied philosophy at Oxford and Johns Hopkins. He has written Wittgenstein and William James (Cambridge 2002) and American Philosophy and the Romantic Tradition (Cambridge 1990), and is the editor of Pragmatism: A Contemporary Reader (Routledge, 1995). In 2003 he directed a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute on Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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