Passionate utterance and the poetics of the ordinary
Prof. Naoko Saito (Kyoto University)
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
UCL Institute of Education, London, WC1H 0AL
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This paper begins with an episodic reference to the life of Emily Dickenson, centering on the nature of the female poet’s language. What would be the nature of the feminine voice of the poet and how can it change the world? I shall find preliminary clues to this broad question in Emerson’s essay on the poet. In exploring what makes it feminine, I shall then examine Stanley Cavell’s claim on “Emersonian feminine demand” in his ordinary language philosophy. There is something gendering crossing about it. It is shown by Cavell’s idea of passionate utterance in his ordinary language philosophy.
Naoko Saito is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University. Her area of research is American philosophy and pragmatism and their implications for education. She is the author of The Gleam of Light: Moral Perfectionism and Education in Dewey and Emerson (2005) and America Tetsugaku no Yoake (The Dawning of American Philosophy) (2018, Japanese), and co-editor (with Paul Standish) of Education and the Kyoto School of Philosophy (2012), Stanley Cavell and the Education of Grownups (2012), and Stanley Cavell and Philosophy as Translation: The Truth is Translated (2017)