Conditions Handsome and Unhandsome: The Constitution of Emersonian Perfectionism: The Carus Lectures, 1988

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University of Chicago Press, 1990 - Literary Collections - 151 pages
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In these three lectures, Cavell situates Emerson at an intersection of three crossroads: a place where both philosophy and literature pass; where the two traditions of English and German philosophy shun one another; where the cultures of America and Europe unsettle one another.

"Cavell's 'readings' of Wittgenstein and Heidegger and Emerson and other thinkers surely deepen our understanding of them, but they do much more: they offer a vision of what life can be and what culture can mean. . . . These profound lectures are a wonderful place to make [Cavell's] acquaintance."—Hilary Putnam
 

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CONDITIONS HANDSOME & UNH-CANC

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These three lectures, delivered by Cavell (philosophy, Harvard) to the American Philosophical Association, go far beyond any mere apologia for Emerson. Skillfully embedding his admiration for and ... Read full review

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Takes Emerson to a whole new level. That's even a huge understatement. Read full review

Contents

Staying the Course
1
AVERSIVE THINKING
33
THE ARGUMENT OF THE ORDINARY
64
THE CONVERSATION OF JUSTICE
101
Epilogue
127
Bibliography
143
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Stanley Cavell teaches philosophy at Harvard University. He is the author of In Quest of the Ordinary, This New Yet Unapproachable America, and Themes Out of School, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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