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Stanley Cavell
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Stanley Cavell in Paris, 2015
Born
Stanley Louis Goldstein
(legally changed name to Stanley Louis Cavell in 1942)

(1926-09-01)September 1, 1926
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Died June 19, 2018(2018-06-19) (aged 91)
Boston, Massachussets, U.S.
Education University of California, Berkeley (B.A.)
UCLA (no degree)
Harvard University (Ph.D.)
School Postanalytic philosophy
Main interests
Skepticism, tragedy, aesthetics, ethics, ordinary language philosophy, American transcendentalism, film theory, William Shakespeare, opera, religion
Notable ideas
Philosophy of language film analysis

Stanley Louis Cavell (/kəˈvɛl/; September 1, 1926 – June 19, 2018) was an American philosopher. He was the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He worked in the fields of ethics, aesthetics, and ordinary language philosophy.

His influential works were on Wittgenstein, Austin, Emerson, Thoreau, and Heidegger. His work is seen and known by its conversational tone and many literary references.

Cavell died in Boston, Massachusetts of heart failure on June 19, 2018 at the age of 91.

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