Stanley Cavell: Skepticism, Subjectivity, and the Ordinary Espen Hammer

ISBN: 9780745623580

Published: March 22nd 2002


216 pages


Stanley Cavell: Skepticism, Subjectivity, and the Ordinary  by  Espen Hammer

Stanley Cavell: Skepticism, Subjectivity, and the Ordinary by Espen Hammer
March 22nd 2002 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 216 pages | ISBN: 9780745623580 | 4.74 Mb

Stanley Cavell is a leading figure in American philosophy and one of the most exhilarating and wide-ranging intellectuals of our time. In this book Espen Hammer offers a lucid and thorough account of the development of Cavells work, from his early writings on ordinary language philosophy and skepticism to his most recent contributions to film studies, literary theory, romanticism, ethics, and politics. The book traces the many lines of skepticism occurring in Cavells work and shows how they amount to a rich and subtle picture of human subjectivity.

Hammer explores Cavells passionate engagement with Austin and Wittgensteins 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 Cavells responses to thinkers such as Heidegger, Levinas, and Derrida, the author situates Cavells writing within the wider context of contemporary continental philosophy.Hammer clearly reveals the existential dimensions of Cavells 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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