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Dear Stanley

Dear Stanley Part personal reminiscence and part scholarly disquisition, this article discusses some ways in which Stanley Cavell's work has shaped my own thinking and composing. I begin by suggesting that Cavell's overarching goal is to "redeem" traditional philosophy (and secondarily, avant-garde art) from its more stringent critics. I then explain how my early work, while sharing Cavell's general aims, diverges from his specific claims. This involves considering some ways in which false beliefs can contribute to human flourishing. I then explore general objections to redemptive narratives of this sort. The essay ends with a brief discussion of Cavell's response to skepticism, in which I propose that philosophy and art might be farther apart than Cavell believes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Music Theory Duke University Press

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Publisher
Duke University Press
Copyright
Duke University Press
ISSN
0022-2909
eISSN
1941-7497
DOI
10.1215/00222909-2010-008
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Abstract

Part personal reminiscence and part scholarly disquisition, this article discusses some ways in which Stanley Cavell's work has shaped my own thinking and composing. I begin by suggesting that Cavell's overarching goal is to "redeem" traditional philosophy (and secondarily, avant-garde art) from its more stringent critics. I then explain how my early work, while sharing Cavell's general aims, diverges from his specific claims. This involves considering some ways in which false beliefs can contribute to human flourishing. I then explore general objections to redemptive narratives of this sort. The essay ends with a brief discussion of Cavell's response to skepticism, in which I propose that philosophy and art might be farther apart than Cavell believes.

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Journal of Music TheoryDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2010

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