Philosophy and Literature 39 (1):83-105 (2015)

Judith Wolfe
University of St. Andrews
For both Rush Rhees and Stanley Cavell, Wittgenstein’s late investigations into language and language games are caught up with a profound underlying concern about the possibility of discourse itself. Rhees and Cavell isolate two such conditions, which are closely related.The first, emphasized by Cavell, is what he calls “acknowledgment.” In his seminal essay “Knowing and Acknowledging”, Cavell engages traditional skeptical arguments against the possibility of knowing other minds. Unlike most philosophers, however, Cavell does not attempt to repudiate the skeptic’s concerns by devising a proof of the existence of other minds or a method for knowing them with certainty. Any such proof, he argues, would merely..
Keywords William Shakespeare  Rush Rhees  Stanley Cavell  Romances  Skepticism
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DOI 10.1353/phl.2015.0038
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