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Becoming Who We Are: Politics and Practical Philosophy in the Work of Stanley Cavell

Andrew Norris


While a number of books and many articles have been written on the work of Stanley Cavell, this is the first monograph on his contribution to politics and practical philosophy. Though skepticism is Cavell’s central topic, he understands it not as an epistemological problem or position but as an existential one. The central question is not what we know or fail to know, but to what extent we have made our lives our own, or failed to do so. Accordingly, Cavell’s reception of Austin and Wittgenstein highlights, as other readings of these figures do not, the uncanny nature of the ordinary, the exte ... More

Keywords: J. L. Austin, autonomy, claim to community, citizenship, democracy, ordinary language philosophy, perfectionism, skepticism, Ludwig Wittgenstein

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190673949
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190673949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Norris, author
Associate Professor of Political Science and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara