Paper $23.00 ISBN: 9780226098210 Published January 1991


Conditions Handsome and Unhandsome

The Constitution of Emersonian Perfectionism: The Carus Lectures, 1988

Stanley Cavell

Conditions Handsome and Unhandsome

Stanley Cavell

163 pages | © 1988, 1990, 1991
Paper $23.00 ISBN: 9780226098210 Published January 1991
In these three lectures, Cavell situates Emerson at an intersection of three crossroads: a place where both philosophy and literature pass; where the two traditions of English and German philosophy shun one another; where the cultures of America and Europe unsettle one another.

"Cavell's 'readings' of Wittgenstein and Heidegger and Emerson and other thinkers surely deepen our understanding of them, but they do much more: they offer a vision of what life can be and what culture can mean. . . . These profound lectures are a wonderful place to make [Cavell's] acquaintance."—Hilary Putnam
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Staying the Course
1. Aversive Thinking
Emersonian Representations in Heidegger and Nietzsche
2. The Argument of the Ordinary
Scenes of Instruction in Wittgenstein and in Kripke
3. The Conversation of Justice
Rawls and the Drama of Consent
Appendix A: Hope against Hope
Appendix B: A Cover Letter
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