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The Philosophy of Autobiography$
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Christopher Cowley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226267890

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226268088.001.0001

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Fraudulence, Obscurity, and Exposure

Fraudulence, Obscurity, and Exposure

The Autobiographical Anxieties of Stanley Cavell

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(p.217) 10 Fraudulence, Obscurity, and Exposure
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The Philosophy of Autobiography
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Áine Mahon

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226268088.003.0011

Stanley Cavell has always urged philosophical writing to follow lines of the subjective and the intimately revelatory. His work on philosophical scepticism, in particular, develops with a personal urgency markedly at odds with the usual standards and styles of contemporary Anglo-American philosophy. Áine Mahon follows these lines of the subjective from Cavell’s earliest work on scepticism and modernism to his 2010 memoir, Little Did I Know; Excerpts from Memory. Pushing further on the philosopher’s writerly risks and realisations, and distilling from his idiosyncratic oeuvre three guiding anxieties – “fraudulence”, “obscurity” and “exposure” – in point throughout Mahon’s discussion is Cavell’s very paradoxical combination of the autobiographical and the philosophical, of the personal and the transcendent.

Keywords:   Stanley Cavell, scepticism, fraudulence, obscurity, exposure 

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