By Stanley Cavell
This paintings is an creation to the lifetime of philosophy within the usa, as Emerson as soon as lived it, in all its topographical ambiguity.
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The linking of molting, crisis, solitude, and looniness is a condition of the moment of change I am depicting. My little book on Walden, as if more than twenty years ago establishing certain of the conditions of the present moment of depiction, comments on Thoreau's passage as follows: "What the imperative means [«our moulting season ... must be"] is that our moulting season is not a natural crisis. . In the newest testament nature may prompt and bless my redemption; but it does not accomplish it on my behalf.
And that knowledge is up to me. ) to intervene, to ask something of them, an interrogation to match their arrogation. This is perhaps why the words have stopped some place. When to stop, how to end, is what the teacher cannot be taught. The distance from 16 A PITCH OF PHILOSOPHY arrogation to interrogation is not understandable as prorogation, which is to say, as deferral; because to prorogue is to know how to begin again, or go on later, and we have no assurance of this when cultivation has stopped.
But I was surprised at the reason the lawyer my parents had retained managed to construct out of the mere information that I was planning to go away to college and that other members of the family had changed their name to something like Cavell. The lawyer said to the judge that there was precedent for granting the petition for Philosophy and the Arrogation of Voice 27 a change of name to a minor who was going away to live with relatives. ) Whether the judge believed the lawyer's story I do not know; or whether he feigned to believe, just possibly sensing-as by now I feel sure my parents sensed-that I would not be entering so extreme a request unless I were in that state I will long after find words for in the opening chapter of Walden: "Our moulting season, like that of the fowls, must be a crisis in our lives.