Chapter

From Cyprus to Rushmore

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/9780823225965.003.0005
From Cyprus to Rushmore

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This chapter tells about Stanley Cavell's two major arguments of writings on film, and about the early development that happens in his writings on Shakespeare. Cavell's philosophy became available through his criticism. Questions emerge about receptivity and responsiveness, both for his kind of writings and for the kinds of work to which it responds. Cavell has continued to cultivate his attraction to Emerson's philosophy, and his ambition to awaken the living, not to invoke the dead. Also, while his attraction to the principle of perfection has required him to defend it against charges of elitism, his willingness has enabled him to welcome the alternatives of intellectual fashions at the moment.

Keywords: writings; film; criticism; philosophy; perfection; elitism

Chapter.  13326 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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