Stanley Louis Cavell (September 1, 1926 – June 19, 2018) was an American philosopher. He was the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He worked in the fields of ethics, aesthetics, and ordinary language philosophy. As an interpreter, he produced influential works on Wittgenstein, Austin, Emerson, Thoreau, and Heidegger. His work is characterized by its conversational tone and frequent literary references.
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From the New York Review of Books:
Christopher Benfey, June 20, 2018
From the London Review of Books (Blog):
The Editors, 20 June 2018
Das Denken beginnt immer wieder von Neuem – der amerikanische Philosoph Stanley Cavell ist gestorben
Er war Sprachphilosoph, Filmliebhaber und Literaturtheoretiker. Der amerikanische Philosoph widmete sein Leben der Frage, was wir wissen können und was nicht. Und was es bedeutet, wenn wir uns etwas mitteilen. Am Dienstag ist er 91-jährig gestorben.
NZZ, Maria-Sibylla Lotter, 21.6.2018
During my University years in the US I learnt the work of Stanley Cavell due to my interest in aesthetics, film theory and semiotics (which included linguistics and Wittgenstein, Chomsky and George Steiner). With some faculty members I could engage in discussions about Cavell's theories. This experience left a deep impression and a high appreciation for this untypical teacher and theorist.