Chapter

Meeting Places

Lawrence F. Rhu

in Stanley Cavell's American Dream

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225965
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823225965.003.0002
Meeting Places

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This chapter shows the opportunities repeatedly provided to Cavell to formulate his thought, giving comprehensible expression to such meeting places as the classrooms and movie theaters that enabled him to reach the audience for philosophy, as it is frequently conceived by professional practitioners of that discipline. Here, he characterizes Ralph Waldo Emerson as an epistemologist of moods; in other words his theory of knowledge includes how we feel towards what we know. Indeed it was the appeal of movies that made Cavell start to think in a more profound way. He wanted to utilize this energy of attraction to motivate his philosophical writings, for the reason that these movies sometimes offer us relief if the world we view and the world we inhabit significantly coincide.

Keywords: movie; theaters; philosophy; practitioners; discipline; epistemologist; moods

Chapter.  15329 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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