The Claim of Reason: Wittgenstein, Skepticism, Morality, and Tragedy / Edition 2

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This handsome new edition of Stanley Cavell's landmark text, first published 20 years ago, provides a new preface that discusses the reception and influence of his work, which occupies a unique niche between philosophy and literary studies.

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"An altogether remarkable work of American philosophy...that occupies the buffer zone between poetry and philosophy in a unique—and perhaps uniquely American way."—Critical Inquiry

"An intensely personal and uniquely provocative book. Stanley Cavell is a philosophical original."—Review of Metaphysics

Critical Inquiry Magazine
An altogether remarkable work of American philosophy...that occupies the buffer zone between poetry and philosophy in a unique&#151and perhaps uniquely American way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195131079
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 688,422
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Harvard University (Emeritus)
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Table of Contents

Wittgenstein and the Concept of Human Knowledge
I. Criteria and Judgment
II. Criteria and Skepticism
III. Austin and Examples
IV. What a Thing Is (Called)
V. Natural and Conventional
Skepticism and the Existence of the World
VI. The Quest of Traditional Epistemology: Opening
VII. Excursus on Wittgenstein's Vision of Language
VIII. The Quest of Traditional Epistemology: Closing
Knowledge and the Concept of Morality
IX. Knowledge and the Basis of Morality
X. An Absence of Morality
XI. Rules and Reasons
XII. The Autonomy of Morals
Skepticism and the Problem of Others
XIII. Between Acknowledgment and Avoidance

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