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Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology$
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Peter Dula

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395037

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395037.001.0001

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The Ordinary: An Introduction to Stanley Cavell

The Ordinary: An Introduction to Stanley Cavell

(p.3) The Ordinary: An Introduction to Stanley Cavell
Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

Peter Dula

Oxford University Press

The ordinary is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the work of Cavell and Wittgenstein. This chapter provides an introduction to the ordinary in order to correct common misconceptions of the ordinary, initiate the reader to Cavell's work, and show how his investigations of skepticism in philosophy and in literature illuminate one another. It does so by closely reading particular texts and themes in Cavell's work: narcissism (Molière's Misanthrope), tragedy (King Lear), comedy (the Hollywood comedies of remarriage).

Keywords:   Stanley Cavell, the ordinary, narcissism, Molière's Misanthrope, tragedy, King Lear, comedy of remarriage, Wittgenstein

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