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Scenes of Instruction

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/9780195395037.003.0003

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

Scenes of Instruction

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Cavell's two greatest influences, Emerson and Wittgenstein, are often considered either to lack a politics or to reinforce a conservative politics. This chapter places Cavell in conversation with work in political liberalism by Martha Nussbaum and John Rawls. The comparison illuminates how, in Cavell's hands, Emerson and Wittgenstein are both radical democrats whose perfectionism exposes liberal democracy's complacency with regard to its victims.

Keywords: Stanley Cavell; liberalism; democracy; Martha Nussbaum; John Rawls; Emerson; perfectionism; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  8262 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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