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‘Philosophy Cannot Say Sin’

Stephen Mulhall

in Stanley Cavell

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198238508
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238508.003.0015
‘Philosophy Cannot Say Sin’

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This chapter presents a serious critique of Cavell' overall project. The claim that the standard lines of criticism fail to provide good reasons for rejecting Cavell's project is not to claim that this project is beyond criticism. It identifies two main aspects of Cavell's project that remain unaddressed: the political dimension of Emersonian perfectionism and the relation between Cavell's philosophical practice and the writings of certain pivotal figures in modern Christianity (especially Kierkegaard).

Keywords: Cavell; scepticism; Kierkegaard; Christianity; liberalism

Chapter.  12965 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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