A Different Path: Why Stanley Cavell Won't Get to the Point

It must have been maddening to be a student of Socrates—all those questions, all that walking, and never knowing where any of it was leading. That is probably why you will not find much sauntering in philosophy today. The detours and digressions of dialogue have long since given way to directness and debate. Philosophers do not just foster a vague sense of wonder any longer: they present well-formulated, logical claims. Conclusions follow premises; argumentation trumps aporia.This undoubtedly has its advantages. Science, for instance, would be impossible without it, in part because argumentation is better suited to the creation of a clearer, more permanent record of ideas. Plato found a way to..
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