Accounting for The Road: Tragedy, Courage, and Cavell’s Acknowledgment

  title={Accounting for The Road: Tragedy, Courage, and Cavell’s Acknowledgment},
  author={Benjamin Mangrum},
  journal={Philosophy and Literature},
  pages={267 - 290}
  • Benjamin Mangrum
  • Published 2013
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • The nameless father of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is repeatedly faced with the difficulty of having to account for a world left desolate after a global catastrophe. The father remains committed to such a world even though it is rife with cannibalism and violence. Yet how can he account for this existence to his son? Why pass on such a way of life? I enlist the ordinary language philosophy of Wittgenstein and Cavell in an effort to account for the father’s commitment. I employ the categories of… CONTINUE READING
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