Cities of Words: Pedagogical Letters on a Register of the Moral Life

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Harvard University Press, Oct 31, 2005 - Performing Arts - 458 pages
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This book--which presents a course of lectures Cavell presented several times toward the end of his teaching career at Harvard--links masterpieces of moral philosophy and classic Hollywood comedies to fashion a new way of looking at our lives and learning to live with ourselves.
 

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What does it mean to live a moral life? In his typically provocative fashion, Cavell (Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics & the General Theory of Value Emeritus, Harvard) answers this question by ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Emerson
19
The Philadelphia Story
35
Locke
49
Adams Rib
70
John Stuart Mill
82
Gaslight
102
Kant
119
Stella Dallas
265
Freud
282
The Lady Eve
301
Plato
313
His Girl Friday
340
Aristotle
352
The Awful Truth
373
Henry James and Max Ophuls
384

It Happened One Night
145
Rawls
164
Mr Deeds Goes to Town
190
Nietzsche
208
Now Voyager
227
Ibsen
247
GB Shaw Pygmalion and Pygmalion
409
Shakespeare and Rohmer Two Tales of Winer
421
Themes of Moral Perfectionism in Platos Republic
445
Acknowledgments
449
Index
453
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Stanley Cavell is Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

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