Forthcoming: Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups


In a few months Fordham University Press will publish a new collection of essays centered on Stanley Cavell’s engagement with the topic of education. Titled Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups, the collection is edited by Naoko Saito (University of Kyoto) and Paul Standish (University of London). To visit the publisher’s webpage for this title, please click here. Here is the description of this forthcoming collection:

What could it mean to speak of philosophy as “the education of grownups”? This book takes Cavell’s enigmatic phrase as a provocation to explore the themes of education that run throughout his work—from his response to Wittgenstein, Austin, and ordinary-language philosophy, to his readings of Thoreau and of the moral perfectionism he identifies with Emerson, to his discussions of literature and film. Hilary Putnam has described Cavell as not only one of the most creative thinkers of today but as one of the few contemporary philosophers to explore philosophy as education. Cavell’s sustained examination of the nature of philosophy cannot be separated from his preoccupation with what it is to teach and to learn. This is the first book to address the importance of education in Cavell’s work and its essays are framed by two new pieces by Cavell himself. Together these texts combine to show what it means to read Cavell, and simultaneously what it means to read philosophically, in itself a part of our education as grownups.


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