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Stanley Cavell

American philosopher

Stanley Louis Cavell (/kəˈvɛl/; September 1, 1926 – June 19, 2018) was an American philosopher. He was the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He worked in the fields of ethics, aesthetics, and ordinary language philosophy.

Stanley Cavell
Stanley Cavell, Paris 2015.jpg
Stanley Cavell in Paris, 2015
Born
Stanley Louis Goldstein[1]
(legally changed name to Stanley Louis Cavell in 1942)

(1926-09-01)September 1, 1926
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
DiedJune 19, 2018(2018-06-19) (aged 91)
Boston, Massachussets, U.S.
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley (B.A.)
UCLA (no degree)
Harvard University (Ph.D.)
SchoolPostanalytic philosophy[2]
Main interests
Skepticism, tragedy, aesthetics, ethics, ordinary language philosophy, American transcendentalism, film theory, William Shakespeare, opera, religion
Notable ideas
Philosophy of language film analysis

His influential works were on Wittgenstein, Austin, Emerson, Thoreau, and Heidegger. His work is seen and known by its conversational tone and many literary references.

Cavell died in Boston, Massachusetts of heart failure on June 19, 2018 at the age of 91.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. David LaRocca, Emerson's English Traits and the Natural History of Metaphor, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013, p. 318.
  2. Michael Adrian Peters, Education, Philosophy and Politics: The Selected Works of Michael A. Peters, Routledge, 2012, p. 210.
  3. "Stanley Cavell, Prominent Harvard Philosopher, Dies at 91". The New York Times. June 20, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.

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