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The Idea of Continental Philosophy

Simon Glendinning

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624706
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671885 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624706.001.0001
The Idea of Continental Philosophy

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The idea of Continental Philosophy has never been properly explained in philosophical terms. This book attempts finally to succeed where others have failed, although not by giving an account of its internal unity but by showing instead why no such account can be given. Providing a clear picture of the current state of the contemporary philosophical culture, it traces the origins and development of the idea of a distinctive Continental tradition, critiquing current attempts to survey the field of contemporary philosophy. The main argument of the book is that the very idea of a fruitfully distinguishable philosophical tradition of Continental philosophy is part of the mythological history of the movement that came to call itself analytic philosophy: the very idea of such a tradition is best thought of as an item that has its original home in the conceptual armoury of analytic philosophy. In this respect, “Continental philosophy” is less the name for another kind of philosophy than analytic philosophy, but a term that functions within analytic philosophy as the name of its own other, that part of its lexicon which represents what is not part of it: it is “the Other” of analytic philosophy.

Keywords: Continental philosophy; analytic philosophy; philosophical traditions; contemporary philosophical culture; origins

Book.  160 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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Starting Points in The Idea of Continental Philosophy

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The Usual Suspects in The Idea of Continental Philosophy

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The Analytic Perspective on the Idea in The Idea of Continental Philosophy

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The Continental Perspective on the Idea in The Idea of Continental Philosophy

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