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Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups$
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Naoko Saito and Paul Standish

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234738

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234738.001.0001

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Philosophy as the Education of Grownups

Philosophy as the Education of Grownups

(p.19) One Philosophy as the Education of Grownups
Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups

Stanley Cavell

Fordham University Press

In this essay, Cavell revisits this signature phrase, “philosophy as the education of grownups,” bringing together thoughts, prompted by the recent preparation for publication of his autobiography, of a return to the opening of the Investigations and a pondering of how children and grownups figure in that text. In particular, he considers the ways that our natural history, unlike that of animals, is one in which nature and convention intersect, a history of initiations, becomings, and inventions in the countless different things human beings do. In this ongoing process, we depend upon our being, as it were, teachers to one another, and this in turn reflects the ongoing possibilities of our community—in short, our politics, our life together. This is an idea to which the education of grownups is singularly pertinent. The receptiveness that is necessarily involved in this evokes the idea of philosophy as a kind of reading.

Keywords:   Autobiography, Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, Children, Grownups, Philosophy as reading, Teachers

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