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Themes out of School: Effects and Causes
by Stanley Cavell
University of Chicago Press, 1988
Paper: 978-0-226-09788-6 | eISBN: 978-0-226-07515-0
Library of Congress Classification B945.C273T44 1988
Dewey Decimal Classification 190

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In the first essay of this book, Stanley Cavell characterizes philosophy as a "willingness to think not about something other than what ordinary human beings think about, but rather to learn to think undistractedly about things that ordinary human beings cannot help thinking about, or anyway cannot help having occur to them, sometimes in fantasy, sometimes as a flash across a landscape."

Fantasies of film and television and literature, flashes across the landscape of literary theory, philosophical discourse, and French historiography give Cavell his starting points in these twelve essays. Here is philosophy in and out of "school," understood as a discipline in itself or thought through the works of Shakespeare, Molière, Kierkegaard, Thoreau, Brecht, Makavejev, Bergman, Hitchcock, Astaire, and Keaton.

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