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oneself to culture and attaching one’s heart to great men, 10 Cavell reads the imperative to be inspired by one’s heroes, not to copy them, but in a way that leads us to hate one’s own meanness and be inspired by the way that these great men lived for themselves, and therefore to aim to do the same, to take their work as stimulus for our own. 11 Cavell also notes the call in Emerson to

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Letter to M. Cavell about cinema (a remake)

. d’Alembert on the Theatre ). It provoked an extended public exchange and represented Rousseau’s permanent break from d’Alembert, Diderot and all his former Enlightenment allies. In our day, the optimistic view that a nation’s political culture may be improved by the exposure of its people to spectacles of a particular kind has again become popular. It has

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