By Stanley Cavell
An autobiography within the type of a philosophical diary, Little Did I Know's underlying intent is to explain the occasions of a lifestyles that produced the type of writing linked to Stanley Cavell's identify. Cavell recounts his trip from early adolescence in Atlanta, Georgia, via musical reviews at UC Berkeley and Julliard, his next veering off into philosophy at UCLA, his Ph.D. experiences at Harvard, and his part century of training. Influential humans from a number of fields determine prominently or in passing over the process this memoir. J.L. Austin, Ernest Bloch, Roger classes, Thomas Kuhn, Robert Lowell, Rogers Albritton, Seymour Shifrin, John Rawls, Bernard Williams, W. V. O. Quine, and Jacques Derrida are not any longer with us; yet Cavell additionally can pay homage to the dwelling: Michael Fried, John Harbison, Rose Mary Harbison, Kurt Fischer, Milton Babbitt, Thompson Clarke, John Hollander, Hilary Putnam, Sandra Laugier, Belle Randall, and Terrence Malick. The float of his narrative additionally registers the decisiveness of the really unknown and the basically unintentional. Cavell's lifestyles has produced a path of a few eighteen released books that diversity from remedies of person writers like Wittgenstein, Austin, Emerson, Thoreau, Heidegger, Shakespeare, and Beckett to experiences in aesthetics, epistemology, ethical and political philosophy, cinema, opera, and faith.
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Extra info for Little Did I Know: Excerpts from Memory (Cultural Memory in the Present)
Consider that it meant that my future, unlike his, was open. Of course exactly this difference was also something he wanted. He was, for example, more ferocious in insisting on my practicing the piano every day than my pianist mother was. July 6, 2003 I saw things I should not have seen. ] knowledge of my elders. ) When I was fourteen or fifteen years old I saw a toothless, unshaven old man, in a threadbare overcoat in summer, cheat at pinball in the corner cigar store a few doors down the street from my father’s pawnshop in Sacramento.
And he took some pride in several facts about his pawnshop—that it was run honestly, nothing in it, for example, called a diamond or said to be of gold unless it was a diamond and of gold; and it was the one in a line of several blocks that housed pawnshops that was closest to the beginning of the respectable, upper part of K Street, the main street of that Sacramento then, between 6th and 7th Streets, one block nearer to that respectable part than his brother’s pawnshop, which was between 5th and 6th Streets, and just one block before the beginning of a sequence of proper (“credit”) jewelry stores, beginning at 8th.
But chronic interruption means the perpetual incompleteness of human expression—unless some manifestation of perpetual human disappointment is taken as sufficient expression. ” Here is a way to grasp the need for Emerson’s sometimes grating joyfulness and for Thoreau’s allegorical bragging. ) Since I have contrasted awakening from a trauma with successive Part 1 31 awakenings from sleep, I want to leave a mark here, to find my way back to Proust’s speaking of awakening as finding oneself. It was, so to speak, always an accident, vowing two years ago to read Proust’s novel through, beginning to end, this time without skipping, when I would want on occasion to check the revised revision of the Moncrieff translation against the French.