Tragic Thoughts at the End of Philosophy: Language, Literature and Ethical Theory

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Recently, a number of Anglo-American philosophers of very different sorts--pragmatists, metaphysicians, philosophers of language, philosophers of law, moral philosophers--have taken a reflective rather than merely recreational interest in literature. Does this literary turn mean that philosophy is coming to an end or merely down to earth? In this collection of essays, one of the most insightful of contemporary literary theorists investigates the intersection of literature and philosophy, analyzing the emerging preferences for practice over theory, particulars over universals, events over structures, inhabitants over spectators, an ethics of responsibility over a morality of rules, and a desire for intimacy with the world instead of simply a disengaged knowledge of it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810116757
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 7/21/1999
  • Series: Rethinking Theory Series
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald L. Bruns is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. His publications include Maurice Blanchot: The Refusal of Philosophy and Hermeneutics Ancient and Modern.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Theory, Practice, Proximity: A Short History of the End of Philosophy 1
Pt. I The Proximity of Language
Ch. 1 Loose Talk about Religion from William James 21
Ch. 2 Donald Davidson among the Outcasts 41
Ch. 3 Law and Language: Ronald Dworkin, Critical Legal Studies, and the Hermeneutics of the Legal Text 57
Pt. II The Limits of Narrative
Ch. 4 Literature and the Limits of Moral Philosophy: Reflections on Alasdair MacIntyre's Project 71
Ch. 5 Along the Fatal Narrative Turn: A Cautionary Tale for Neurophilosophers and Other Eliminative Materialists 93
Ch. 6 Tragic Thoughts at the End of Philosophy: Martha Nussbaum's Ethics of Particularity 107
Pt. III Poetry and Philosophy inside the Everyday World
Ch. 7 "The Accomplishment of Inhabitation": Danto, Cavell, and the Argument of American Poetry 133
Ch. 8 Wallace Stevens without Epistemology 165
Ch. 9 Stanley Cavell's Shakespeare 181
Ch. 10 The Last Romantic: Stanley Cavell and the Writing of Philosophy 199
Notes 219
Bibliography 275
Name Index 291
Subject Index 297
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