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Plights of mind and circumstance: Cavell and Wallace on scepticism

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posted on 27.05.2020, 14:44 authored by Paul JennerPaul Jenner
My chapter argues that Stanley Cavell’s work on Wittgenstein and on scepticism provides fresh perspectives on the preoccupation with interiority found in David Foster Wallace’s writings. Through a close reading of Wallace’s short story, “Good Old Neon”, I show how Cavell’s reinterpretation of scepticism in terms of acknowledgement helps to foreground questions of separateness and voice underlying Wallace’s concern with interiority. Seen in this light, such concern does not reflect a misunderstanding of Wittgenstein on Wallace’s part, nor does it articulate a settled epistemological scepticism.

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • English and Drama

Published in

Fictional Worlds and the Moral Imagination

Pages

97 - 113

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The Author

Publisher statement

This book chapter was accepted for publication in Fictional Worlds and the Moral Imagination edited by Garry Hagberg and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55049-3_6.

Publication date

2020-12-12

Copyright date

2021

ISBN

9783030550486; 9783030550493

Language

en

Editor(s)

Garry Hagberg

Depositor

Dr Paul Jenner Deposit date: 22 May 2020