<i>The Claim of Reason</i>'s Apophatic Anthropology

Peter Dula

in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395037
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894451 | DOI:

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

The Claim of Reason's Apophatic Anthropology

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Some readers of Wittgenstein think that he provides a conclusive refutation of skepticism. Others, like the pragmatists, think he renders skepticism's questions irrelevant. Cavell takes up these issues in detail in his longest and greatest work, The Claim of Reason. There, he rejects both options and, instead, insists that philosophy must remain open to external world and other mind skepticism as a “standing threat to thought and communication.” This chapter provides a brief summary of some key themes of that complex text. It also asks, “What is it Cavell discovers about skepticism that necessitates the turn to companionship, and what is it about those discoveries that invites theological engagement?”

Keywords: Cavell; The Claim of Reason; skepticism; other minds; Wittgenstein

Chapter.  18590 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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