Stanley Cavell, American philosopher

Doctor Honoris Causa of ENS de Lyon - May 7, 2010


Stanley Louis Cavell (September 1, 1926 - June 19, 2018) was an American philosopher. He was the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Emeritus, at Harvard University.

He worked in the fields of ethics, aesthetics, and ordinary language philosophy. As an interpreter, he produced influential works on Wittgenstein, Austin, Emerson, Thoreau, and Heidegger.

His work is characterized by its conversational tone and frequent literary references.