Must We Mean What We Say?

Must We Mean What We Say? : A Book of Essays

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In this classic collection of wide-ranging and interdisciplinary essays, Stanley Cavell explores a remarkably broad range of philosophical issues from politics and ethics to the arts and philosophy. The essays explore issues as diverse as the opposing approaches of 'analytic' and 'Continental' philosophy, modernism, Wittgenstein, abstract expressionism and Schoenberg, Shakespeare on human needs, the difficulties of authorship, Kierkegaard and post-Enlightenment religion. Presented in a fresh twenty-first century series livery, and including a specially commissioned preface, written by Stephen Mulhall, illuminating its continuing importance and relevance to philosophical enquiry, this influential work is now available for a new generation of readers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 20mm | 550g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1107534232
  • 9781107534230
  • 187,519

Table of contents

Preface to this edition Stephen Mulhall; Preface to updated edition of Must We Mean What We Say?; Foreword. An audience for philosophy; 1. Must we mean what we say?; 2. The availability of Wittgenstein's later philosophy; 3. Aesthetic problems of modern philosophy; 4. Austin at criticism; 5. Ending the waiting game: a reading of Beckett's Endgame; 6. Kierkegaard's On Authority and Revelation; 7. Music discomposed; 8. A matter of meaning it; 9. Knowing and acknowledging; 10. The avoidance of love: a reading of King Lear; Thematic index; Index of names.
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Review quote

"This book changed philosophy. When it was originally published it was both exhilirating and astonishing - for its daring disregard of disciplinary boundaries....No reader of Cavell should be surprised to observe that, now as then, new forms of reductionism, scientism, and sheer flight prove appealing to those for whom a complex human understanding is more than their hearts can bear." Martha Nussbaum, author of Upheavals of Thought
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About Stanley Cavell

Stanley Cavell is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the Theory of Value, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He has published widely on a range of subjects from the analytic philosophical tradition to Shakespeare.
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