A Pitch of Philosophy: Autobiographical Exercises (The by Stanley Cavell

By Stanley Cavell

This paintings is an creation to the lifetime of philosophy within the usa, as Emerson as soon as lived it, in all its topographical ambiguity.

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And I knew as if at once, living in a medium of song, mostly of love songs, that the erotic was less a matter of encounters than of laws of encountering, or attraction, as Newton had shown. Sometimes the change of name felt like wanting to know what difference it would make if I did not simply announce my Jewishness by my name. Sometimes, and increasingly, it felt like a desire to know anonymity, as it were to have time to think, for a moment not to be on call. The tour lasted a couple of months and at its close the band, as planned, broke up.

Or not recognizing it, or of its not being acknowledged. Call this the question of plagiarism in human identity. It is the condition of possibility of the self-theft of culture that we saw John Stuart Mill confess on behalf of Western high culture. It is why what is ordinarily called plagiarism hurts as it does, as if there were a theft of selfhood, psychic annihilation; why it presents itself as vampirism. (The theft and reclaiming of a woman's voice is the subject of a genre of melodrama; it will come thematically into play when I consider the fact of opera.

For the navy's early-entry officers' training program, the initial hurdle was a competitive set of intelligence and achievement tests; I was successful, and the next step was the physical examination, which I was within a matter of days notified to appear for at the naval base in San Francisco. On the two-and-a-half hour train ride there, things began to seem suddenly quite real, and I hit on a plan for what to do when the ear doctor looked doubtful. All my predictions came true. With a glance in my ear the doctor said, "Go home, son," and I began playing my hand.

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