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Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry

Volume 6, Issue 13, Fall 2010

Michael Davidson
Pages 13-27

“Every Man His Specialty”
Beckett, Disability, and Dependence

“Every man his specialty” brings recent debates about dependency into the foreground of disability studies by looking at one modernist author, Samuel Beckett, whose characters are often disabled but who rely on each other for solace and support. Beckett’s plays explore the “abject dependence” of individuals for whom ontological and theological props have been removed and who must negotiate the passing of time in order as Estragon in Godot says, “to create the illusion we exist.

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