Monday, February 25, 2013

Reading Cavell, day after tomorrow

I confess I've always been a little put-off by something elusive in the style of Stanley Cavell, though I find many of his recurrent themes and attitudes (Emerson & Thoreau, film and philosophy, the philosopher's presumptive and natural right to speak provocatively about anything and everything) extremely appealing.

But I hadn't yet seen this lecture, which I also find extremely appealing.

Nor had I yet read the Naoko Saito essay I'll soon be discussing in New Jersey, "The dawning of American philosophy: From Putnam and Rorty towards Cavell."

I'm going to give Senses of Walden another, longer look.

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