1st Edition

Reading Cavell

Edited By Alice Crary, Sanford Shieh Copyright 2006

    Alongside Richard Rorty, Hilary Putnam and Jacques Derrida, Stanley Cavell is arguably one of the best-known philosophers in the world. This state-of-the-art collection explores the work of this original and interesting figure who has already been the subject of a number of books, conferences and Phd theses.

    A philosopher whose work encompasses a broad range of interests, such as Wittgenstein, scepticism in philosophy, the philosophy of art and film, Shakespeare, and philosophy of mind and language, Cavell has also written much about Henry Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    Including contributions from Hilary Putnam, Cora Diamond, Jim Conant and Stephen Mulhall, this book is a must-have for libraries and students alike.

    Notes on contributors, Acknowledgments, Introduction, 1 The Wittgensteinian event, 2 Suffering a sea change: crisis, catastrophe, and convention in the theory of speech-acts, 3 Austin and the ethics of discourse, 4 How to do things with pornography, 5 The difficulty of reality and the difficulty of philosophy, 6 Philosophy as the education of grownups: Stanley Cavell and skepticism, 7 The truth of skepticism, 8 The discovery of the other: Cavell, Fichte, and skepticism, 9 On examples, representatives, measures, standards, and the ideal, 10 Habitual remarriage: the ends of happiness in The Palm Beach Story, 11 The recovery of Greece and the discovery of America, Index


    Sanford Shieh is associate professor of philosophy at Wesleyan University, USA. He is co-editor of Future Pasts: the Analytic Tradition in 20th Century Philosophy (OUP). Alice Crary is associate professor of philosophy at the New School University, New York. She is co-editor of The New Wittgenstein (Routledge 2000) and editor of Wittgenstein and the Moral Life (MIT).