Must We Mean What We Say?: A Book of Essays / Edition 2

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Overview

Reissued with a new preface to sit alongside the volume on Stanley Cavell in the Contemporary Philosophy in Focus series this famous collection of essays covers a remarkably wide range of philosophical issues (there are essays on Wittgenstein, Austin, Kierkegaard, and the philosophy of language) and extends beyond philosophy into discussions of music and drama.
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"This book changed philosophy. When it was originally published it was both exhilirating and astonishing - for its daring disregard of disciplinary boundaries....No reader of Cavell should be surprised to observe that, now as then, new forms of reductionism, scientism, and sheer flight prove appealing to those for whom a complex human understanding is more than their hearts can bear." Martha Nussbaum, author of Upheavals of Thought

"This book is still the best introduction to the wide-ranging thoughts and the powerful imagination of one of America's most distinguished men of letters. In it, Cavell weaves together Wittgenstein's reactions fo philosophical skepticism with Shakespeare's descriptions of human needs, and J.L. Austin's appeals to 'the ordinary' with reflections on how art lets us see familiar objects anew. No one since William James has been so successful at re-humanizing philosophy - at rescuing that academic discipline from hyperprofessional self-absorption." Richard Rorty, author of Contingency, Irony and Solidarity

"This book is still the best introduction to the wide-ranging thoughts and the powerful imagination of one of America's most distinguished men of letters. In it, Cavell weaves together Wittgenstein's reactions fo philosophical skepticism with Shakespeare's descriptions of human needs, and J.L. Austin's appeals to 'the ordinary' with reflections on how art lets us see familiar objects anew. No one since William James has been so successful at re-humanizing philosophy - at rescuing that academic discipline from hyperprofessional self-absorption." Richard Rorty, author of Contingency, Irony and Solidarity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521529198
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,020,720
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Preface to Updated Edition of Must We Mean What We Say?
Foreword: An Audience for Philosophy
I Must We Mean What We Say? 1
II The Availability of Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy 44
III Aesthetic Problems of Modern Philosophy 73
IV Austin at Criticism 97
V Ending the Waiting Game: A Reading of Beckett's Endgame 115
VI Kierkegaard's On Authority and Revelation 163
VII Music Discomposed 180
VIII A Matter of Meaning It 213
IX Knowing and Acknowledging 238
X The Avoidance of Love: A Reading of King Lear 267
Thematic Index 357
Index of Names 363
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