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Inaccurate term used, often polemically, to refer to the writings of philosophers influenced by European political philosophers such as Hegel, Marx, or Heidegger, by phenomenology and existentialist schools, or by post-structuralist French philosophy. Writing in this vein is often politically engaged and aspires to large-scale praxis and social critique. It is also infused with various examples of writing that does not aspire to any great clarity, which indeed it is apt to mistrust. Generally contrasted with analytical philosophy, thought to be more the preserve of Anglo-American and Australian philosophers, although a great many practitioners of that themselves originated in Europe.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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