Aesthetics and autobiography in Cavell

Stanley Cavell is one of very few philosophers who systematically reflect on the impact and influence of autobiographical detail, experience, and preferences on their philosophical work. The aim of this essay is to show 
Stanley Cavell is one of very few philosophers who systematically reflect on the impact and influence of autobiographical detail, experience, and preferences on their philosophical work. The aim of this essay is to show how Cavell’s use of autobiographical exploration is rooted in his early aesthetic theory, in particular his view of the similarities between philosophy and aesthetic criticism. Cavell argues that criticism starts by exploiting and incorporating a subjective vantage point, eventually bringing the reader to test the significance of a work on herself. In his ‘Aesthetic Problems of Modern Philosophy’, Cavell states exactly this form of appeal to the ‘We’ of author and reader as the basic move of his own version of ‘ordinary language philosophy’. It is because of the connections Cavell sees between criticism and philosophy that his aesthetic diagnosis harks back on his overall critical style of thinking.
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Author:Jochen Schuff
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-561529
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.33134/eeja.208
ISSN:2571-0915
Parent Title (German):Estetika : The European Journal of Aesthetics
Publisher:Helsinki University Press
Place of publication:Helsinki
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2020/09/15
Date of first Publication:2020/09/15
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/10/15
Tag:Stanley Cavell; aesthetic reasons; art criticism; autobiography; ordinary language; philosophical style
Volume:57
Issue:2
Pagenumber:13
First Page:150
Last Page:162
Institutes:Philosophie und Geschichtswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophie und Psychologie
700 Künste; Bildende und angewandte Kunst
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0

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