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Revolution of the Ordinary: Literary Studies after Wittgenstein, Austin, and Cavell

Toril Moi


This book argues for the power of ordinary language philosophy (OLP) -- the tradition in philosophy inaugurated by Wittgenstein and Austin, and extended by Cavell -- to transform literary studies. The first part introduces Wittgenstein’s vision of language and his critique of the "craving for generality," which characterizes theory today. It shows that this philosophy offers a new kind of realism, a powerful alternative to the skepticism of the tradition after Saussure. This part also analyzes the difference between Derrida and Wittgenstein, and offers new perspectives on intersectionality the ... More

Keywords: Ludwig Wittgenstein, J. L. Austin, Stanley Cavell, Ferdinand de Saussure, realism, intersectionality, hermeneutics of suspicion, ordinary language philosophy, acknowledgment, attention, Jacques Derrida

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226464305
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226464589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Toril Moi, author
Duke University