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The Ordinary: An Introduction to Stanley Cavell

Peter Dula

in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395037
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894451 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395037.003.0001

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

The Ordinary: An Introduction to Stanley Cavell

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The ordinary is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the work of Cavell and Wittgenstein. This chapter provides an introduction to the ordinary in order to correct common misconceptions of the ordinary, initiate the reader to Cavell's work, and show how his investigations of skepticism in philosophy and in literature illuminate one another. It does so by closely reading particular texts and themes in Cavell's work: narcissism (Molière's Misanthrope), tragedy (King Lear), comedy (the Hollywood comedies of remarriage).

Keywords: Stanley Cavell; the ordinary; narcissism; Molière's Misanthrope; tragedy; King Lear; comedy of remarriage; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  12842 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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