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


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The many voices in Philosophical Investigations should not be read as one correct voice and various voices of metaphysical nonsense. Instead, Cavell insists, the voices are all Wittgenstein's. That is part of what it means to say that Wittgenstein's work belongs to the genre of confession. So does Cavell's. This chapter turns to Cavell's writings on tragedy, Vietnam, and the student protests of the '60s in order to illuminate such confession. Although Cavell might have developed a more robust politics by attending to the work of someone like Marx or Foucault, his insistence on confession, the repentant acknowledgment of complicity with injustice, is an indispensable part of theology, philosophy, and political protest.

Keywords: Wittgenstein; confession; Cavell; tragedy; protest; 1960s

Chapter.  3279 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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