Brian Leiter and Michael Rosen

in The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780199234097
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:



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This article aims to give a representative sample of the important developments in philosophical scholarship, and, more importantly, to give a broad and inclusive thematic treatment of continental philosophy, treating its subject matter philosophically and not simply as a series of museum pieces from the history of ideas. Of course, the label ‘continental philosophy’ is itself problematic — uninformative at best and misleading at worst. The geographic demarcation will not suffice, since continental Europeans are routinely excluded while, on the other hand, there is a strong case on grounds of intellectual community for including within it some Anglo-American authors. However, the most common alternative — ‘post-Kantian’ — presents its own difficulties. The philosophy in continental Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is best understood as a connected weave of traditions, some of which overlap, but no one of which dominates all the others.

Keywords: philosophical scholarship; continental philosophy; continental Europeans; intellectual community; Anglo-American authors

Article.  1821 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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