"Stanley Cavell Atlanta, United States, 1926
Born into a family of Jewish immigrants, Cavell began his studies in music at the University of California at Berkeley, where he obtained his first degree in 1947, and continued at the Juilliard Conservatory, New York, for two years, to begin studies in philosophy at the University of California. He earned his doctorate in philosophy at Harvard University, where he remained as a teacher and is now Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Values. Despite his training in the analytic tradition, Cavell is one of the few American philosophers who have managed to establish a fruitful dialogue with the continental tradition: his work on Emerson and Thoreau have alternated with numerous writings on Wittgenstein, Heidegger and Nietzsche, as well as criticism and film theory, literature and psychoanalysis. Famous for its film studies, American popular culture or Shakespeare's romantic comedy, Cavell's work has, on either side of the Atlantic, a bright presence, idiosyncratic and controversial on philosophy, literary criticism and cultural studies . "