Themes from Cavell

February 26, 2012 - February 29, 2012
Philosophy Department, University of Sydney

The McRae Room, Quadrangle Building A14


  • SHAPE seminar and research group


David Macarthur
University of Sydney

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Stanley Cavell (b.1926-) is an uncategorisable American philosopher who is indispensable for anyone who wishes to think fruitfully about why philosophy matters to us, or who is uncomfortable about having to stand on one side or other of the analytic/continental divide, or who wishes to give reflections on art and aesthetics and culture a more central role in their philosophical thinking. In this conference we shall explore themes from across Cavell's vast and wide-ranging writings: from his radical re-thinking of the problematic of skepticism in the context of a ground-breaking reading of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, and the fruitfulness of his conception of the ordinary and the related concept of acknowledgement, and his defence of the procedures of ordinary language philosophy, to his influential readings of Hollywood cinema of the 1930s-1940s and his articulation of a form of moral perfectionism.

Speakers Include

  • Nikolas Kompridis (UWS)
  • David Macarthur (Sydney)
  • Jennifer McMahon (UAdel.)
  • Andrew Norris (UC, Santa Barbara)
  • Paul Patton (UNSW)
  • Robert Sinnerbrink (UMacq.)
  • Gregory Strom (Sydney)
  • Paul Thom (Sydney)
  • Stephen White (Tufts)

For more information please contact the Conference organiser: Dr David Macarthur ([email protected])

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