In the summer of 2019, the Cavell family, acting as literary executors of Stanley Cavell’s estate, designated Eric Ritter to organize and catalogue the masses of books and documents and papers with which Cavell had filled his study. In the process, Ritter found a surprising amount of unpublished work and presents some of it here for the first time. Building on the archival work as well as on recent scholarship, this article presents Cavell’s conception of philosophy as the public expression of moral perfectionist practice, for which writing is catalyst, medium, and result. The article then enumerates some consequences that follow from this conception, especially a certain relation of philosophy to the arts and to a notion of philosophical pluralism. It also suggests that key themes in Cavell’s work already converse implicitly with ongoing debates about “American Philosophy” and have great potential to do so more explicitly.


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