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Truly Human

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/9780195395037.003.0009

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

Truly Human

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While Emerson is an indispensable resource for Cavell, Cavell worries about the “lack of a concrete other” in Emerson's work. Emerson prefers instead to turn to nature or to “the great man” as the other who is necessary for the self's transformation. Cavell's work, however, is full of such concrete others, most obviously in the comedies of remarriage. Less obvious is Cavell's insistence on acknowledging the victim, ours or society's. Such a claim is foundational to Christian theology. Building on Cavell's assertion that “the crucified human body is our best picture of the unacknowledged human soul,” this chapter turns to Rowan Williams, Sebastian Moore, and Herbert McCabe to provide theological companionship for Cavell's anthropology.

Keywords: Emerson; Cavell; acknowledgment; Rowan Williams; Sebastian Moore; Herbert McCabe

Chapter.  6863 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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