Stanley Cavell

Professor Emeritus, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value

Harvard University

Stanley Cavell is Professor Emeritus of Harvard University, where he was Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value. His major interests center on the intersection of the analytical tradition (especially the work of Austin and Wittgenstein) with moments of the Continental tradition (for example, Heidegger and Nietzsche); with American philosophy (especially Emerson and Thoreau); with the arts (for example, Shakespeare, film and opera); and with psychoanalysis.

Among his recent publications are: A Pitch of Philosophy: Autobiographical Exercises; Philosophical Passages: Wittgenstein, Emerson, Austin, and Derrida ; and two pieces for the London Review of Books, "Nothing Goes Without Saying", a discussion of the language of three Marx Brothers films, and "Time After Time." He is also the author of Must We Mean What We Say?The Claim of Reason: Wittgenstein, Skepticism, Morality, and Tragedy, and, most recently, Little Did I Know: Excerpts from Memory.