The Idea of Continental Philosophy
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The idea of Continental Philosophy has never been properly explained in philosophical terms. In this short and engaging book Simon Glendinning 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 Glendinning traces the origins and development of the idea of a distinctive Continental tradition, critiquing current attempts to survey the field of contemporary philosophy.
concluding that a great many people who appeal to the division don’t know what they are doing, don’t know what they are talking about, don’t know or don’t want to know how the distinction is functioning in their discourse. It really is a fault in our culture. Wanting to make things better the British philosophical logician Michael Dummett has said recently that it is only by going back to a point before the division occurred that we can hope to ‘re-establish communication’, that ‘it is no use now
Nature of Existence (1921–7). Other British philosophers closely connected to the major idealists include the political theorist and social reformer Bernard Bosanquet and the philosopher of history R. G. Collingwood. As I mentioned in the last chapter the later process philosophy of A. N. Whitehead, though not an idealist philosophy, has close affinities to the work of other ‘Philosophers of Life’ among the Continental philosophers, and also to Gilles Deleuze. So I will give him an honorary
explored in such courses were being challenged by many of those who they most deeply influenced. New trends and new thinkers were emerging that could not happily be included in courses going under those old titles. We can be even more precise here, for there is near universal agreement that the changeover to the new title occurred in order to enable teachers in the English-speaking world to include in the syllabuses of their various courses authors whose work was coming to be known, as Simon
contrasting Anglo-American analytic tradition. In Pippin’s view, an explanation of why there is this division within the Western response to modernity will have to be historical in character. In his view the fact that the categories of Anglo-American analytic and Continental European philosophy are closely tied to cultural geography ‘gives some sort of unwitting expression to the very different contexts and experiences out of which issues get to be or do not get to be “philosophical problems”
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