Skepticism, Subjectivity and the Ordinary
By (author) Espen Hammer
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Stanley Cavell by Espen Hammer
Book DescriptionStanley 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 Cavella s 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 Cavella s work and shows how they amount to a rich and subtle picture of human subjectivity. Hammer explores Cavella s passionate engagement with Austin and Wittgensteina 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 Cavella s responses to thinkers such as Heidegger, Levinas, and Derrida, the author situates Cavella s writing within the wider context of contemporary continental philosophy. Hammer clearly reveals the existential dimensions of Cavella 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745623580
(228mm x 154mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 25-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Espen Hammer
Adorno's Modernism, Hardback (September 2015)
The book is a study of Adorno's aesthetics, its philosophical background, and its account of aesthetic modernism.
Philosophy and Temporality from Kant to Critical Theory, Paperback (December 2013)
Critical analysis of how key philosophers in the European tradition responded to the emergence of a modern conception of temporality.
Adorno and the Political, Paperback (September 2005)
Analyzes the political implications of Adorno's work, paying attention to his work on key thinkers such as Kant, Hegel and Benjamin. Examining Adorno's political experiences and assessing his engagement with Marxist as well as liberal theory, this book looks at the development of his thought as he confronts Fascism and modern mass culture.
German Idealism, Paperback (January 2005)» View all books by Espen Hammer
A collection of chapters which examines German idealism. Including discussions of the representatives of German idealism such as Kant, Fichte and Hegel, it deals with metaphysics; the legacy of Hegel's philosophy; Brandom and Hegel recognition and agency; and, autonomy and nature the philosophy of German romanticism.
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Author Biography - Espen Hammer
Epsen Hammer is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Essex
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