Espen Dahl and Stanley Cavell: Religion, and continental philosophy: Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, 2014, x + 177 pages, $45 [Book Review]

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 77 (2):183-186 (2015)
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Although short, Espen Dahl has written a book that truly delivers on its title: it clearly, concisely, and powerfully shows Cavell’s frequent and deep links to and engagements with religion and religious themes and with Continental philosophy. While both of these strands have been explored piecemeal by scholars, Dahl’s innovation consists in the detail with which he can engage these themes and the position he is able to carve out. That position is one that sees Cavell’s thought “as essentially open to theology or religion more generally” . Dahl is the first—as far I know—to extensively pursue all of Cavell’s major themes in this context. This is quite an accomplishment, and something for which he ought to be commended. Dahl has also written a highly accessible book on Cavell, and yet one which in no way “waters down” or dilutes Cavell’s thinking. There ought to be more books of this kind on ..



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Cities of words: pedagogical letters on a register of the moral life.Stanley Cavell - 2004 - Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
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