In Quest of the Ordinary: Lines of Skepticism and Romanticism

In Quest of the Ordinary: Lines of Skepticism and Romanticism

by Stanley Cavell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226098184

ISBN-13: 9780226098180

Pub. Date: 11/28/1994

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

These lectures by one of the most influential and original philosophers of the twentieth century constitute a sustained argument for the philosophical basis of romanticism, particularly in its American rendering. Through his examination of such authors as Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Wordsworth, and Coleridge, Stanley Cavell shows that romanticism and American

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These lectures by one of the most influential and original philosophers of the twentieth century constitute a sustained argument for the philosophical basis of romanticism, particularly in its American rendering. Through his examination of such authors as Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Wordsworth, and Coleridge, Stanley Cavell shows that romanticism and American transcendentalism represent a serious philosophical response to the challenge of skepticism that underlies the writings of Wittgenstein and Austin on ordinary language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226098180
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Edition description:
1
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
949,009
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1: The Philosopher in American Life (Toward Thoreau and Emerson)
2: Emerson, Coleridge, Kant (Terms as Conditions)
3: Texts of Recovery (Coleridge, Wordsworth, Heidegger...)
4: Recounting Gains, Showing Losses (A Reading of The Winter's Tale)
5: Being Odd, Getting Even (Descartes, Emerson, Poe)
Postscript A. Skepticism and a Word concerning Deconstruction
Postscript B. Poe's Perversity and the Imp(ulse) of Skepticism
Postscript C. The Skeptical and the Metaphorical
6: The Uncanniness of the Ordinary
7: The Fantastic of Philosophy
Bibliography
Index

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