Cavell, Stanley (1926–)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DD093-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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List of works

  • Cavell, S. (1969) Must We Mean What We Say? A Book of Essays, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

    (A set of interrelated essays on philosophical method and the arts, including a long and hugely influential essay on King Lear.)

  • Cavell, S. (1971) The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film, New York: Viking Press.

    (This analysis draws on Cavell’s earlier work on theatre and painting; an expanded edition, published in 1979, includes replies to critics.)

  • Cavell, S. (1972) The Senses of Walden, New York: Viking Press.

    (A highly compressed, detailed reading of Thoreau’s famous text.)

  • Cavell, S. (1979) The Claim of Reason: Wittgenstein, Skepticism, Morality and Tragedy, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (Cavell’s much-revised dissertation, this contains his most detailed elaboration of his interpretation of criteria, and sets the scene for all his future writing.)

  • Cavell, S. (1981) Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    (These six essays identify a genre of screwball comedies from Hollywood’s golden age, in which issues of interpersonal acknowledgement are worked out in relation to Romanticism and scepticism.)

  • Cavell, S. (1984) Themes Out of School: Effects and Causes, San Francisco, CA: North Point Press.

    (A disparate collection, including an important early essay on existentialism and analytical philosophy.)

  • Cavell, S. (1987) Disowning Knowledge: In Six Plays of Shakespeare, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    (This collects a number of already-published pieces, as well as two new ones.)

  • Cavell, S. (1988) In Quest of the Ordinary: Lines of Skepticism and Romanticism, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

    (The core of this collection is a sequence of lectures on American and English Romanticism in literature and philosophy.)

  • Cavell, S. (1989) This New Yet Unapproachable America: Lectures after Emerson after Wittgenstein, Albequerque, NM: Living Batch Press, and Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

    (Contains two lectures, including a long piece on Wittgenstein as a philosopher of culture.)

  • Cavell, S. (1990) Conditions Handsome and Unhandsome: The Constitution of Emersonian Perfectionism, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

    (Cavell here relates his perfectionist concerns to recent work by Rawls and Kripke.)

  • Cavell, S. (1994) A Pitch Of Philosophy: Autobiographical Exercises, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    (As well as explicitly autobiographical reflections, this collection contains important essays on Derrida and J.L. Austin, and on opera.)

  • Cavell, S. (1995) Philosophical Passages: Wittgenstein, Emerson, Austin, Derrida, Oxford: Blackwell.

    (Includes a much-revised version of Cavell’s lectures on the opening of the Philosophical Investigations.)

  • Cavell, S. (1996) Contesting Tears: The Hollywood Melodrama of the Unknown Woman, Chicago, IL, and London: University of Chicago Press.

    (This collection identifies a genre of film adjacent to that of the remarriage comedies studied in Pursuits of Happiness, and systematically relates cinema to psychoanalysis.)

References and further reading

  • Cohen, T., Guyer, P. and Putnam, H. (1993) Pursuits of Reason: Essays in Honor of Stanley Cavell, Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech University Press.

    (Festschrift, with some useful critical essays.)

  • Fischer, M. (1989) Stanley Cavell and Literary Skepticism, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

    (Applies Cavell’s interpretation of scepticism to post-structuralist literary theory.)

  • Fleming, R. and Payne, M. (1989) The Senses of Stanley Cavell, Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press.

    (Useful collection of critical essays, with two interviews with Cavell.)

  • Mulhall, S. (1994) Stanley Cavell: Philosophy’s Recounting of the Ordinary, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (The first full-length general philosophical study of Cavell’s work.)

  • Mulhall, S. (1996) The Cavell Reader, Oxford: Blackwell.

    (Contains selections from every phase of Cavell’s career, with a detailed bibliography, and a general introductory survey by the editor.)

Citing this article:
Mulhall, Stephen. Bibliography. Cavell, Stanley (1926–), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DD093-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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