February 9 / 9:30am-5:30pm
February 10 / 10am-5:30pm
Must We Mean
Boston University Rajen Kilachand Center
610 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
FEBRUARY 9 2019
FEBRUARY 10 2019
Open to the public.
No registration required.
Rajen Kilichand Center
610 Commonwealth Ave, Room 101
Boston, MA 02215
BU Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar
BU Center for the Humanities
BU English and Philosophy
BU World Languages and Literatures
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?
SATURDAY, FEB 9
JULIET FLOYD Boston University
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"
ELI FRIEDLANDER Tel Aviv University
"Faces of the Ordinary"
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"
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
NANCY BAUER Tufts University
"Philosophy as Criticism: On Cavell on Austin"
SARAH BECKWITH Duke University
"Tragic Implication in Must We Mean What We Say?"
VINCENT M. COLAPIETRO Penn State University/U. Rhode Island
"Must We Sing What We Mean?"
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"
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