KNOWLEDGE AND DISAPPOINTMENT
That Stanley Cavell was influenced by Søren Kierkegaard is clear; what that influence finally comes to, however, is less clear, perhaps even to Cavell himself. Although he devoted an early article--an article that has now become rather well known among Kierkegaardians--to a discussion of a not-so-wellknown piece by Kierkegaard, On Authority and Revelation (CE, 372-93), Cavell's acknowledgment of Kierkegaard comes mostly in the way of passing references.1
While some might make the cynical claim that Cavell's use of Kierkegaard is no more than a polite gesture to his mentor, Wittgenstein, for whom Kierkegaard was important, I think there is more to Cavell's attraction to Kierkegaard. As I would put it, Cavell seems to be attracted to something in Kierkegaard's way of thinking, or of doing philosophy. In fact, I propose to show that Cavell has adopted, knowingly or not, a Kierkegaardian way of thinking, especially in what he says about skepticism and about marriage.____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Human Embrace:The Love of Philosophy and the Philosophy of Love: Kierkegaard, Cavell, Nussbaum. Contributors: Ronald L. Hall - Author. Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press. Place of publication: University Park, PA. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 87.