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A Pitch of Philosophy

A Pitch of Philosophy

Autobiographical Exercises

Stanley Cavell

ISBN 9780674669819

Publication date: 02/01/1996

This book is an invitation to the life of philosophy in the United States, as Emerson once lived it and as Stanley Cavell now lives it—in all its topographical ambiguity. Cavell talks about his vocation in connection with what he calls voice—the tone of philosophy—and his right to take that tone, and to describe an anecdotal journey toward the discovery of his own voice.


  • The autobiographical note of Cavell’s philosophy, here as in his other writings, evokes an atmosphere of fragility and danger… Whether in the discussion of the haunting of Hamlet, or in the analysis of inheritance in the film Gaslight in which ‘something is resounding,’ or even in the reflections on the ‘necessarily forged’ signatures of ghosts, Cavell presents an understated but powerful analysis of a world and a self haunted by voices… Cavell’s work extends philosophy into other domains… His autobiographical exercises exemplify ‘humane criticism’ applied to philosophy, remaining true to the technical demands of the discipline and paying heed to the claims of the experience that sustains it.

    —Howard Caygill, Times Higher Education Supplement


  • Stanley Cavell (1926–2018) was Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Emeritus, at Harvard University. His numerous books include The Claim of Reason, Cities of Words, and Philosophy the Day after Tomorrow.

Book Details

  • 196 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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