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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This hurts me. Is it that I can hardly bear the idea that the right to an A PITCH OF PHILOSOPHY inheritance is not given by reasons? Yet it is precisely when reasons are exhausted that authority is inclined to say, "This is simply what I do:' namely, wait for the inheritance to be taken, overtaking the giving, treasonously. ) Yet I find I do not believe that a father can fail to know the origin of his son's voice, however at variance their accents. How can I doubt it when I might summarize my life in philosophy as directed to discovering the child's voice-unless this itself attests to my knowledge that it is denied, shall I say unacknowledged?
There may yet be a counter-gift, a way of remembering who or what you are before you are known to the world, accountable. If solitude were found in being alone empirically, why would the figure of the boy or the youth (as beloved as the figure of the reader by Thoreau and by Nietzsche as by Emerson) contrast with Philosophy and the Arrogation of Voice 35 the grown-up social state of deafness to one's voices? The boy's independence blatantly does not depend on his being empirically alone. He has not yet relinquished his right to judge the world, passed from his neutrality, from the power to say no to false alternatives (sometimes called binary oppositions).
He smiled brilliantly as he told this, perhaps because it was true, perhaps because it was the first of an unfinished sequence of pertinent tales he would offer America, perhaps because he improvised it then and there for me. ) The propriety I spoke of in the name I constructed for myself, a furtive legitimacy, began in one of those enigmatic remarks to which my parents were given. We had recently arrived for the first of our three two-year sojourns in Sacramento. It was 1935, a date colored in America, among other things, by its participation in the remarkably named Great Depression.
A Pitch of Philosophy: Autobiographical Exercises (The Jerusalem-Harvard Lectures) by Stanley Cavell