February  9  / 9:30am-5:30pm

February 10 / 10am-5:30pm

CONTINUING CAVELL:

Must We Mean

at Fifty

Boston University Rajen Kilachand Center

610 Commonwealth Ave

Boston, MA 02215

WHEN /

FEBRUARY 9 2019

9:30-5:30

 

FEBRUARY 10 2019

10:00-5:30

Open to the public.

No registration required.

WHERE /

Boston University

Rajen Kilichand Center

610 Commonwealth Ave, Room 101

Boston, MA 02215

Sponsors:

BU Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar

BU Center for the Humanities

BU English and Philosophy

BU World Languages and Literatures

Brandeis Philosophy

Tufts Philosophy

ABOUT THE EVENT

In 1969, Stanley Cavell published his first collection of essays under the title, Must We Mean What We Say?.  This seminal and remarkable volume encompassed themes from alienation to logical necessity, improvisation in jazz, the nature of revolutions, democratic life, liberation, philosophy and the arts, romantic attachment, literature and the self, ordinary language philosophy, skepticism, infidelity, politics and pragmatism.  The authors and texts Cavell illuminated and integrated were breathtakingly diverse: the Bible, Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Marx, Dewey, Beckett, J. L. Austin, Wittgenstein, and Shakespeare, among many others.  Must We Mean What We Say? foreshadowed the richness and complexity of all the philosophical aspects of expression, community and meaning that earmarked Cavell’s subsequent writings.  The is a landmark of 20th century American philosophy, taken as world and modernist philosophy, truly interdisciplinary and promising and inviting future generations to engage in the experiences of creative reinterpretation of traditions and everyday life.  
  

This international conference will address itself to the contemporary relevance of Cavell’s work in Must We Mean What We Say?.  Speakers from a variety of fields in philosophy, education and literature will discuss the implications of this work for our time, in which skepticism about politics, everyday attunements with others, and social ties have become part of everyday life.  How can the humanities in general, and philosophy and literature in particular, come to be regarded as foundational in addressing ethical and social problems confronting our forms of life today?  How can the “whirl of organism” of our rapidly evolving forms of life of which Cavell wrote come to be regarded as a site for philosophical thinking, criticism, and reflection?

SCHEDULE /

SATURDAY, FEB 9

9:30-9:45 AM

9:45-10:30 AM

10:35-11:20 AM

11:20-11:30 AM

11:30-12:15 PM

12:15-1:00 PM

1:00-1:45 PM

1:50-2:35 PM

2:40-2:50 PM

2:55-4:10 PM

4:15-5:30 PM

6:30-8:00 PM

JULIET FLOYD Boston University

Welcoming Words

SANDRA LAUGIER University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

"Must We Mean and the Need for Ordinary Language Philosophy"

 

BILL ROTHMAN University of Miami

"The Place of Must We Mean What We Say? within Stanley Cavell's Authorship"

Coffee Break

ELI FRIEDLANDER Tel Aviv University

"Faces of the Ordinary"

Catered Lunch

ARATA HAMAWAKI Auburn University

"Speaking with a Universal Voice: Cavell, the Truth of Skepticism, and the Beautiful"

PAUL STANDISH University College London Institute of Education

"Gored States and Theatrical Guises"

Coffee Break

ROUNDTABLE #1: LITERATURE AND ORDINARY LANGUAGE

Chair: PAUL STANDISH, UCL Institute of Education

  • GREG CHASE College of the Holy Cross

  • WILLIAM FLESCH Brandeis University

  • RICHARD MORAN Harvard University

  • LAURA QUINNEY Brandeis University

  • EMMA WILLIAMS Warwick University

ROUNDTABLE #2 SCEPTICISM

Chair: ARATA HAMAWAKI, Auburn University

  • AVNER BAZ Tufts University

  • ÉLISE DOMENACH ÉNS Lyon

  • TIM GOULD Metropolitan State University Denver

  • JEAN-PHILIPPE NARBOUX Université de Bordeaux Michel-Montaigne

Conference Dinner (unsubvented) Sichuan Gourmet, 1006 Beacon St., Brookline, MA

SUNDAY, FEB 10

10-10:45 AM

10:50-11:35 AM

11:35-11:45 AM

11:50-12:35 PM

12:35-1:25 PM

1:30-2:15 PM

2:20-3:05 PM

3:05-3:15 PM

3:20-4:05 PM

4:10-5:25PM

NANCY BAUER Tufts University

"Philosophy as Criticism: On Cavell on Austin"

SARAH BECKWITH Duke University

"Tragic Implication in Must We Mean What We Say?"

 

Coffee Break

VINCENT M. COLAPIETRO Penn State University/U. Rhode Island

"Must We Sing What We Mean?"

Catered Lunch

VICTOR J. KREBS Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

"Thinking as Praise"

NAOKO SAITO Kyoto University of Graduate Education

"Stanley Cavell and the Aesthetics of the Ordinary"

Coffee Break

DAVID MACARTHUR University of Sydney

"Cavell's Aesthetic Empiricism"

ROUNDTABLE #3 AESTHETICS AND THE MODERN

Chair: JULIET FLOYD, Boston University

  • ROBERT ENGELMAN Vanderbilt University

  • NAOMI SCHEMAN, University of Minnesota

  • SANFORD SHIEH Wesleyan University

  • ANDREAS TEUBER Brandeis University

  • YE ZHU Kyoto University of Graduate Education

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