Stanley Cavell: Skepticism, Subjectivity, and the Ordinary

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"The book traces the many lines of skepticism occurring in Cavell's work and shows how they amount to a rich and subtle picture of human subjectivity. Hammer explores Cavell's passionate engagement with Austin's and Wittgenstein's visions of language, and his uncovering of conceptions of the ordinary in Emerson and Thoreau. Central sections of the book are devoted to the tragic and the comic as these modes of existence come into play in Shakespeare and Hollywood cinematic drama. In elaborating Cavell's responses to thinkers such as Heidegger,
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Overview

"The book traces the many lines of skepticism occurring in Cavell's work and shows how they amount to a rich and subtle picture of human subjectivity. Hammer explores Cavell's passionate engagement with Austin's and Wittgenstein's visions of language, and his uncovering of conceptions of the ordinary in Emerson and Thoreau. Central sections of the book are devoted to the tragic and the comic as these modes of existence come into play in Shakespeare and Hollywood cinematic drama. In elaborating Cavell's responses to thinkers such as Heidegger, Levinas, and Derrida, the author situates Cavell's writing within the wider context of contemporary continental philosophy." "Hammer clearly reveals the existential dimensions of Cavell's thought. He argues that his variant of ordinary language philosophy is a vital stimulus to self-transformation in cognitive, aesthetic, ethical, and political domains, contributing significantly to a rethinking of issues such as responsibility and autonomy, and the relationship between philosophy and literature." A critical introduction to the thought of an inordinately complex writer, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars in philosophy, literary theory, cultural theory, comparative literature, and media and cultural studies.
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‘Surveying the whole range of Cavell’s thought, Espen Hammer has produced an immensely lucid and compelling overview of the fundamental gestures of, arguably, the most distinctive and original American philosopher now writing.’ – Jay Bernstein, The New School for Social Research, New York

‘Epsen Hammer’s lucid and engaging account of Cavell’s inheritance of Austin and Wittgenstein is particularly successful in showing how it might make possible genuinely productive encounters between the “analytic” and the “Continental” philosophical traditions.’ – Stephen Mulhall, New College, University of Oxford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745623580
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Key Contemporary Thinkers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,071,509
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Epsen Hammer is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Essex

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Preface
1 Ordinary Language Philosophy 1
2 Skepticism: Criteria and the External World 30
3 The Other 59
4 Art and Aesthetics 92
5 Ethics and Politics 119
6 Between Philosophy and Literature: Deconstruction and Romanticism 148
Epilogue 175
Notes 180
Bibliography 188
Index 195
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