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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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Emerson's phantasm of the nonchalant boy as sure of a dinner is of one-while aware of the hundreds-who is still to make what he can, however he must, of this mother and father, so of their affections of sympathy and hatred. The idea of neutrality as an achievement is of one in recounting one's past, in which "trying and sentencing" the passing of people and facts into your world pretty openly says that you are to find your language, your own names, for what strikes you as good, bad, interesting, silly, eloquent, troublesome.

I was soon to discover that judges, not alone parents, need a reason to grant the petition to change your name, and a reason for the name you wish to change it to. In the judge's case, the need for a reason was related to the procedur~ I learned I would undergo of having my intention to change published in a newspaper every day for some weeks. The place in the one issue of the newspaper I was shown with my 26 A PITCH OF PHILOSOPHY jeopardized name listed in it spoke of possible debts that the following persons may have incurred.

As he and I sat in my newly rented, raw apartment, I felt his devastation begin to look for words of destruction. I said in effect: "Don't, for once, start this. You don't know what there is to be apoplectic about. " I realized that I had never before seen words simply fail him, instead of suffocate him. Letting him know that his guilt and sympathy toward me were misplaced was the beginning of my forgiving him. I was at once rewarded. We talked more than we ever had about the two families, his virtually a generation older than my mother's (my father, himself ten years older than my mother, was among the young ones of seven siblings, my mother next to the oldest of six); his father an observant orthodox Jew who lived past the age of one hundred, her father a secular socialist who died young; his family serious and mostly successful, socially and professionally, before whom he kept his loss of faith to himself; her family artistic, playful, mostly unsuccessful, before whom she was dominant, having been her father's favorite child and the best musician among them.

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