The State of Philosophy: An Invitation to a Reading in Three Parts of Stanley Cavell's "The Claim of Reason"

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The State of Philosophy is the first book-length text on Stanley Cavell's The Claim of Reason. It demonstrates the developed line of argument in The Claim of Reason and uncovers the unity of its presentation. In contrast to many current writings on Cavell, The State of Philosophy shows the necessity and value of reading The Claim of Reason as a whole rather than in isolated bits or parts. Richard Fleming develops the general outlines and identifies the organizing concepts of the work, thereby producing a context ...
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Overview

The State of Philosophy is the first book-length text on Stanley Cavell's The Claim of Reason. It demonstrates the developed line of argument in The Claim of Reason and uncovers the unity of its presentation. In contrast to many current writings on Cavell, The State of Philosophy shows the necessity and value of reading The Claim of Reason as a whole rather than in isolated bits or parts. Richard Fleming develops the general outlines and identifies the organizing concepts of the work, thereby producing a context for fruitful rereading or first whole reading of the text. In his text, Fleming promotes a care and concern for Stanley Cavell's style of philosophizing, with the desire that Cavell's interpretation of the world, others, and ourselves become a part of the ongoing philosophical conversation. He shows that Cavell's writing style, which is so difficult for many, and his frequent use of indirect modes of presentation are a necessary ingredient of his ordinary language method and his quest for self-knowledge. Fleming does not shy away from questions about The Claim of Reason, and his book is populated with numerous voices that produce critical and continual reflection on what Cavell says and why he says it. The unique endnotes of the text, whether read in conjunction with Fleming's discussion or in isolation, present different voices and perspectives on Cavell's writings and produce a provocative encounter with The Claim of Reason and its secondary literature. The State of Philosophy, like Cavell's own works, is a text that will appeal to scholars from disciplines beyond philosophy. Literary theorists and critics will be engaged by the discussions of the relationships between philosophy and literature. Humanists will find the questions about the nature of human beings and their lives with others inviting. The extensive discussions of Wittgenstein's vision of language will provoke linguists and those with interest in the nature of language, while the concerns
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  • ISBN-13: 9780838752531
  • Publisher: Bucknell University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Pages: 176

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Pt. 1 Introduction
1 Introduction: The Avoidance of Cavell 21
Pt. 2 The Body and Argument of The Claim of Reason
2 The Body of Part 1 35
Appendix I: The Argument of Part 1 51
3 The Body of Part 2 53
Appendix II: The Argument of Part 2 77
4 The Body of Part 3 79
Appendix III: The Argument of Part 3 101
5 The Body of Part 4 103
Appendix IV: The Argument of Part 4 136
Appendix V: The Argument of The Claim of Reason 142
Pt. 3 The Spirit of The Claim of Reason
6 The Spirit of The Claim of Reason: The Acknowledgment of Cavell 151
End Remarks 164
Bibliography 172
Index 175
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