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.
Readership: Philosophers, scholars of literature and literary
Stanley Cavell, Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University
""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 Inquiry"
""An intensely personal and uniquely provocative book. Stanley Cavell is a philosophical original."—Review of Metaphysics"
Wittgenstein and the Concept of Human Knowledge
I: Criteria and Judgment
II: Criteria and Skepticism
III: Austin and Examples
IV: What a Think Is (Called)
V: Natural and Conventional
Skepticism and the Existence of the World
VI: The Quest of Traditional Epistemology: Opening
VII: Excursus on Wittgenstein's Vision of Language
VIII: The Quest of Traditional Epistemology: Closing
Knowledge and the concept of Morality
IX: Knowledge and the Basis of Morality
X: An Absence of Morality
XI: Rules and Reasons
XII: The Autonomy of Morals
Skepticism and the Problem of Others
XIII: Between Acknowledgment and Avoidance