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Sandra Laugier

Sandra Laugier is Professor of Philosophy at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France, and Senior member of Institut Universitaire de France. She has been the Deputy Director of the Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales, CNRS since 2010. Laugier is the translator of Stanley Cavell’s work in French and is specialized in Ordinary Language Philosophy, Ethics, American Philosophy (Cavell, Emerson, Thoreau) and gender studies (Ethics of care). She is the author of many books in French, English, Italian, German, including: Tous vulnérables, le care, les animaux et l’environnement (Payot, 2012), Face aux désastres, le care, la folie et les grandes détresses collectives; co-authored with Anne Lovell, Stefania Pandolfo, Veena Das (Ithaque, 2013), Why We Need Ordinary Language Philosophy (U. of Chicago Press, 2013), Recommencer la philosophie, Cavell et la philosophie américaine (Vrin, 2014), and Le Principe démocratie, with A. Ogien, (La Découverte, 2014).


Ordinary Language from Wittgenstein to Austin and Cavell
1-Ordinary Language and Spiritual Exercise (on Pierre Hadot)
2-The Transatlantic Ordinary
3-Cavell and the Politics of voice

Care and feminism
4-The Ethics of Care as a Politics of the Ordinary
5-Melodrama and Unknown Women

Civil Disobediance and Democracy 
6-Self-reliance from Emerson to Cavell
7-Skepticism and Democracy, from Emerson to Dewey
8-The Ordinary and the Democratization of Culture
9-A Romanticism of Democracy: Emerson, Thoreau, Cavell, Malick

Ethics in Cinema and TV Series (projector required for these talks)
10-Popular Cultures, Ordinary Criticism: A Philosophy of Minor Genres
11-Film, Morals, and the Importance of Importance
12-The Immanent Ethics of TV Shows


About the book

Sandra Laugier has long been a key liaison between American and European philosophical thought, responsible for bringing American philosophers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Stanley Cavell to French readers—but until now her books have never been published in English. Why We Need Ordinary Language Philosophy rights that wrong with a topic perfect for English-language readers: the idea of analytic philosophy.

Focused on clarity and logical argument, analytic philosophy has dominated the discipline in the United States, Australia, and Britain over the past one hundred years, and it is often seen as a unified, coherent, and inevitable advancement. Laugier questions this assumption, rethinking the very grounds that drove analytic philosophy to develop and uncovering its inherent tensions and confusions. Drawing on J. L. Austin and the later works of Ludwig Wittgenstein, she argues for the solution provided by ordinary language philosophy—a philosophy that trusts and utilizes the everyday use of language and the clarity of meaning it provides—and in doing so offers a major contribution to the philosophy of language and twentieth- and twenty-first-century philosophy as a whole.


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