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Thursday 29 December 2005

Stanley Cavell

One of my favourite books of this year was Robert Harrison's The Dominion of the Dead. Just popped onto my mat: Stanley Cavell's Philosophy The Day After Tomorrow (HUP), about which Harrison says:


Over the course of his long and prodigious career, Stanley Cavell has been concerned with a number of recurrent issues, both philosophical (Wittgenstein, J. L. Austin and ordinary language philosophy; Thoreau, Emerson, and Emersonianism; skepticism) and cultural (America; film; Shakespeare). He has also been, and continues to be, the foremost advocate in this country for a rapprochement between philosophy and literature with a merging of what are known as the Anglo-American and the Continental strains of philosophy. Philosophy The Day After Tomorrow comprises his most recent set of meditations on these issues, and as such it offers at once a welcome revisitation of his work to date and a nuanced, considered extension of his thinking. As is fitting for an intellectual of Cavell's standing, it also provides an opportunity to witness a philosopher at the height of his maturity working through questions to which he has devoted his extraordinary career.

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