The Finer Weapon. Cavell, Philosophy, and Praise

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Instead of taking the impossibility of certain knowledge in experience as an intellectual problem, Cavell understands it as an existential condition. Philosophers have traditionally disavowed that condition by turning skepticism into an intellectual problem. The pathology behind that disavowal becomes the center of what Krebs calls Cavell’s “clinical turn.” The philosophical criticism resulting from that turn involves a radical change in attitude, where thinking is – as Cavell puts it – a mode of praise. This essay argues that thinking as praise makes receptiveness paramount, and requires a reconnection with feeling and passion that brings the body back into philosophy.
Original languageSpanish
Title of host publicationCavell's Must We Mean What We Say? at 50
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 3 Mar 2022

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NameCavell's Must We Mean What We Say? at 50

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