The Claim of Reason
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The Claim of Reason : Wittgenstein, Skepticism, Morality, and Tragedy

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This reissue of an American philosophical classic includes a new preface by Cavell, in which he discusses the work's reception and influence. The work fosters a fascinating relationship between philosophy and literature both by augmenting his philosophical discussions with examples from literature and by applying philosophical theories to literary texts. Cavell also succeeds in drawing some very important parallels between the British analytic tradition and the continental tradition, by comparing scepticism as understood in Descartes, Hume, and Kant with philosophy of language as practiced by Wittgenstein and Austin.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 538 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 34mm | 780.17g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019513107X
  • 9780195131079
  • 182,600

Review quote

"An intensely personal and uniquely provocative book. Stanley Cavell is a philosophical original."-Review of Metaphysics "An altogether remarkable work of American philosophy...that occupies the buffer zone between poetry and philosophy in a unique-and perhaps uniquely American way."-Critical Inquiryshow more

Table of contents

PART ONE; WITTGENSTEIN AND THE CONCEPT OF HUMAN KNOWLEDGE; PART TWO; SKEPTICISM AND THE EXISTENCE OF THE WORLD; PART THREE; KNOWLEDGE AND THE CONCEPT OF MORALITY; PART FOUR; SKEPTICISM AND THE PROBLEM OF OTHERSshow more

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