While Emerson is an indispensable resource for Cavell, Cavell worries about the “lack of a concrete other” in Emerson's work. Emerson prefers instead to turn to nature or to “the great man” as the other who is necessary for the self's transformation. Cavell's work, however, is full of such concrete others, most obviously in the comedies of remarriage. Less obvious is Cavell's insistence on acknowledging the victim, ours or society's. Such a claim is foundational to Christian theology. Building on Cavell's assertion that “the crucified human body is our best picture of the unacknowledged human soul,” this chapter turns to Rowan Williams, Sebastian Moore, and Herbert McCabe to provide theological companionship for Cavell's anthropology.
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