'Stanley Cavell: Philosophy, literature and criticism' is the first book to offer a comprehensive examination of the relationship between the celebrated philosophical work of Stanley Cavell and the discipline of literary criticism. From his consideration of Beckett and Shakespeare in his first book, 'Must We Mean What We Say?' (1969) to the recent autobiographical volume 'Little Did I Know' (2010), Cavell's philosophical concerns have consistently been grounded in the problems and challenges offered by literary texts. His ways of reading offer an arresting challenge to a critical practice that has been more comfortable, over the years, drawing on continental philosophy for the sources of its self-reflection. In its proximity to those continental concerns, and to some of those continental thinkers, Cavell's work enters readily into dialogue with current theories of criticism. Yet its quiet resistance to assimilation ensures that old problems and assumptions appear in a significant and productive new light, as more and more philosophers, theorists and critics are coming to realise. In this volume, the editors have assembled an impressive range of interlocutors who set out to explore the shape and substance of Stanley Cavell's persistent acknowledgement of the literary as a category in which, and through which, philosophical work can be undertaken. A number of essays address his engagements with modernism, tragedy, and romanticism, while others consider Cavell's own aesthetic modes as a writer. 'Stanley Cavell: Philosophy, literature, and criticism' will be of interest to all those who are concerned with the ways in which the reading of literature, and the practice of philosophy, might continue both to influence each other across disciplinary boundaries, and to challenge the internal topographies of those disciplines.