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Stanley Cavell: A Retrospective

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan

Palazzo Arese-Borromeo, Cesano Maderno

September 23rd- 24th 2021

Organizing Institution: Centro ICONE / Facoltà di Filosofia

Organizers: Raffaele Ariano (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan),
Paolo Babbiotti (University of Turin).

The conference will take place physically at Palazzo Arese-Borromeo in Cesano Maderno (25 minutes from the city center of Milan), but will also be streamed on Microsoft Teams.

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ROOM 6 - 9.30-10.00

Opening Remarks

10.00 -11.00 Keynote address

Stephen Mulhall (University of Oxford):

Scepticism and Modernism, Philosophy and Literature

11.00 - 11.15

Coffee break

ROOM 6 11.15 - 12.30

Improvisation and Performance

Davide Sparti (Università di Siena): Projective Imagination. Cavell and the Improvisatory Dimension of Language

David Sebastiani (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa): Release Formulae: Poetry and the Dream of Spontaneity

David Rudrum (University of Huddersfield): Stanley Cavell and Performance Philosophy

ROOM 7 11.15 - 12.30

Literature and Scepticism

Lyra Koli (University of Pardubice): Stanley Cavell's Untouchable Othello: Scepticism and Suspension of Disbelief

Paul Jenner (University of Loughborough): Scepticism and the Ordinary in Stanley Cavell and Marilynne Robinson

Ingeborg Löfgren (Uppsala University): Truth in Skepticism and the Truth in Formalism: Stanley Cavell, Cleanth Brooks, and the Acknowledgment of Interpretative Vulnerability


Lunch break

ROOM 6 - 14.00-15:45


Catherine Wheatley (King's College): Coming to Wonder: Stanley Cavell and Film's Renewal of Vision

Emiliano Morreale (La Sapienza di Roma)/ Simona Busni (Università della Calabria): Stanley Cavell, Philosopher of Melodrama

Andrea Vailati (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan): The ethopoietic of acknowledgment: Cavell's Hollywood comedy of remarriage meets Foucault's Hermeneutics of the subject

Room 7 - 14.00-15:45

Ethics and Politics

Luigi Corrias (VU University Amsterdam): Acknowledgement after Dehumanization: Cavell and an Ethos of Reconciliation

Timur Uçan (Bordeaux Montaigne University): Climate Justice, Skepticism and Perfectionism

Baptiste Cornardeau (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne): The Limits of Practice. Stanley Cavell, Pragmatism, and the Value of Action


Coffee Break

ROOM 6 - 16.00-18.00

Forms of Life

Franco La Cecla (NABA/ IULM): The influence of Cavell on Anthropology, with Special Reference to Veena Das

Viktor Johansson (Södertörn University Stockholm): An Exercise in Sámi Philosophising: Indigeneity, the Young Child, and an Ethics of Cultural Translation

Niklas Forsberg (University of Pardubice): Two Historical Periods Within One Human Breast

Andrea di Gesù (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa/ Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne): Cavell, Wittgenstein and the Possibility of an Ecological Biopolitics

ROOM 7 - 16.00-18.00


Francesco Gandellini (University of Southampton): Between Transcendental and Grammatical. Cavell Reader of Kant

Rico Gutschmidt (University of Konstanz): Cavell and Theology. Skepticism and the Fallen State of Mankind

Pioter Shmugliakov (Freie Universität Berlin): Cavell and Evental Thought

Filippo Casati (Lehigh University): A Cavellian Solution to a Heideggerian Problem


Ristorante "Il Fauno"

Conference dinner

(Hotel Parco Borromeo, Piazza Ercole Procaccini, Cesano Maderno MB)


ROOM 6 -9.30-10.30 Keynote address

Sandra Laugier (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne):

Reinventing Ordinary Language Philosophy


Coffee break

ROOM 6 - 10.45 - 12.30

Criticism, Literary Theory, and the Novel

Rachel Malkin (University of Oxford): Stanley Cavell's Critical Afterlives

Athanassia "Nassia" Williamson (New York University): Skepticism and the Novel: A Dialogue

Christopher Fenwick (Freie Universität Berlin): Stanley Cavell and Ethical Criticism

ROOM 7 - 10.45 - 12.30

Language and the Ordinary

Yo-ran Yang (Georgetown University): The Sense of Therapy: Reflections on Glück and Cavell

Philip Mills (University of Lausanne): Poetic Perlocutions: Poetry after Cavell after Austin

Francesco Pesci (University of Illinois at Chicago): Cavell on the Distinctiveness of Moral Language


Lunch break

ROOM 6 - 14.00 - 15.45

Morality and Perfectionism

Piergiorgio Donatelli (Università degli Studi "La Sapienza" di Roma): Filming democracy: reciprocity and irony

Matteo Falomi (University of Essex): The Paradox of Reading

Léa Boman (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Université): Emerson's Claim for Inconsistency: Moral Perfectionism and Rationality in Cavell's Philosophy"

Sasha Blickhan (Munich School of Philosophy): Taking Ethics Personally: Perspectival Virtue Ethics

ROOM 7 - 14.00 - 15.45

Cinema: Reprise

Domenico Spinosa (Università degli Studi dell'Aquila): Not only Wittgenstein and Thoreau. About some philosophical and literary refractions in The World Viewed

Michael Raeber (UCLA/ University of Zurich): Democratic Visibility: The import of Cavell's aesthetics of film to a political philosophy of democratic visibility

Michelle Devereaux (University of Warwick), Orders from an Unborn Baby: Maternal Scepticism, Vengeance and Voicelessness in Alice Lowe's Prevenge

Peter Hajnal (Warsaw University), Tact, Touch, and Playfulness: Anti-Cartesian Concepts for a Materialist

Aesthetics of Digital Media


Coffee break

ROOM 6 - 16.00-18.00

Aesthetic Judgment and Criticism

Zed Adams (New School for Social Research)/ Nat Hansen (University of Reading): The Hope of Agreement: Cavell on Aesthetic Judgment

Andrea Maistrello (University of Padua / Free researcher): Ordinary vs Commonplace: Cavell and Danto on Everydayness and Art

Lisa McKeown (New School for Social Research): Acknowledging Passionate Utterances

ROOM 7 - 16.00-18.00

Becoming Who One Is

Richard Eldridge (Swarthmore College): Cavell and the Achievement of Selfhood

David LaRocca: Reflexiveness and Self-Reflection in Cavell's Memoir

Garry L. Hagberg (Bard College): Stanley Cavell, the Language of Selfhood, and his Writings on Henry James

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