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Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology$
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Peter Dula

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395037

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395037.001.0001

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Private Languages

Private Languages

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(p.75) 3 Private Languages
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Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology
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Peter Dula

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395037.003.0004

This chapter explores the fiction of W. G. Sebald in order to illustrate skepticism and the companionship Cavell and Sebald think should be a response to it. Many of Sebald's characters may be understood to be in the grip of the variety of skepticism which Wittgenstein called the private language fantasy. The companionship that Sebald's narrator provides to these characters helps to illuminate the alternative Cavell provides to both MacIntyre and liberalism.

Keywords:   Stanley Cavell, Wittgenstein, W. G. Sebald, private language, companionship, skepticism

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