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Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups

Naoko Saito and Paul Standish


Education emerges as a theme in Cavell's writings in multiple ways, and his coining of the phrase that forms the title of this collection, “philosophy as the education of grownups,” reflects intersections in thinking that reach back to the origins of philosophical enquiry. It is not only that Cavell engages in a sustained exploration of the nature of philosophy; he is also preoccupied with what it is to teach and to learn, with the kinds of transformation these might imply, with the significance of these things for our lives, language, and politics. While mainstream philosophy tends to have gi ... More

Keywords: Philosophy as education, Stanley Cavell, Scepticism, Emersonian moral perfectionism, The ordinary, Wittgenstein, teaching and learning, reading, Thoreau, America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823234738
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823234738.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naoko Saito, editor
Graduate School of Education, University of Kyoto

Paul Standish, editor
Institute of Education, University of London