Themes from Cavell: Philosophy Conference, 27-28 February, 2012

Sponsored by the SHAPE seminar and research group

The McRae Room, Quadrangle Building A14
University of Sydney
Mon 27- Tue 28 February, 2012.

Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn in 'Bringing up Baby'

Stanley Cavell (b.1926-) is an uncategorisable American philosopher who is indispensable for anyone who wishes to think fruitfully about why philosophy matters to us, or who is uncomfortable about having to stand on one side or other of the analytic/continental divide, or who wishes to give reflections on art and aesthetics and culture a more central role in their philosophical thinking. In this conference we shall explore themes from across Cavell’s vast and wide-ranging writings: from his radical re-thinking of the problematic of skepticism in the context of a ground-breaking reading of Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, and the fruitfulness of his conception of the ordinary and the related concept of acknowledgement, and his defence of the procedures of ordinary language philosophy, to his influential readings of Hollywood cinema of the 1930s-1940s and his articulation of a form of moral perfectionism.

Speakers Include

  • Nikolas Kompridis (UWS),
  • David Macarthur (Sydney),
  • Jennifer McMahon (UAdel.),
  • Andrew Norris (UC, Santa Barbara),
  • Paul Patton (UNSW),
  • Robert Sinnerbrink (UMacq.),
  • Paul Thom (Sydney)
  • Stephen White (Tufts),
  • Greg Strom (Sydney).

For more information please contact the Conference organiser:
Dr David Macarthur
Click here to email
Room S412, Quadrangle A14
Ph +61-2-9351 3193
Fax +61-2-9351 6660
$50.00 Full registration
$25.00 Student/Concession registration
Conference Registration and program: Department of Philosophy Conferences page


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