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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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Truly Human

Truly Human

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Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

Peter Dula

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   Emerson, Cavell, acknowledgment, Rowan Williams, Sebastian Moore, Herbert McCabe

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