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The claim to community : essays on Stanley Cavell and political philosophy

Stanley Cavell's unique contributions to the study of epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, film, Shakespeare, and American philosophy have all received wide acclaim. But there has been relatively little recognition of the pertinence of Cavell's work to our understanding of political philosophy. The Claim to Community fills this gap with essays from a wide range of prominent American, English, French, and Italian philosophers and political theorists, as well as a lengthy response to the essays by Cavell himself. The topics covered include Cavell's understanding of political community, philosophical anthropology, moral perfectionism, the positivist distinction between fact and value, political friendship, the differences between political and aesthetic disagreement, political romanticism, ?the pursuit of happiness,? tragedy, and race. There are also evaluations of the ways Cavell's positions on these and other matters compare with those of Plato, Aristotle, Montaigne, Kant, John Stuart Mill, Thoreau, Nietzsche, Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, Carl Schmitt, Peter Winch, Wittgenstein, and Fred Astaire. This volume will be of great interest to political theorists and political philosophers, as well as to students of literature and film
Print Book, English, 2006
Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif., 2006
viii, 389 pages ; 23 cm
9780804751292, 9780804751322, 0804751293, 0804751323
Introduction: Stanley Cavell and the claim to community / Andrew Norris
Wittgenstein and Cavell : anthropology, skepticism, and politics / Sandra Laugier
Bringing truth home : Mill, Wittgenstein, Cavell, and moral perfectionism / Piergiorgio Donatelli
Telling the dancer from the dance : on the relevance of the ordinary for political thought / Joseph Lima and Tracy B. Strong
Political revisions : Stanley Cavell and political philosophy / Andrew Norris
Perfectionism without perfection : Cavell, Montaigne and the conditions of morals and politics / Richard Flathman
Perfectionism, parrhesia, and the care of the self : Foucault and Cavell on ethics and politics / David Owen
Stanley Cavell and the limits of appreciation / Ted Cohen
Cavell and political romanticism / Espen Hammer
Stanley Cavell and the pursuits of happiness / Hans Sluga
Cordelia's calculus : love and loneliness in Cavell's reading of Lear / Thomas L. Dumm
Aesthetics and receptivity : Kant, Nietzsche, Cavell, and Astaire / Robert Gooding-Williams
The incessance and the absence of the political / Stanley Cavell