Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Feb 22, 2001 - Philosophy - 168 pages
Simon Critchley's Very Short Introduction shows that Continental philosophy encompasses a distinct set of philosophical traditions and practices, with a compelling range of problems all too often ignored by the analytic tradition. He discusses the ideas and approaches of philosophers such as Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Habermas, Foucault, and Derrida, and introduces key concepts such as existentialism, nihilism, and phenomenology by explaining their place in the Continental tradition. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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This book is very good overview of the history and origin of the continental tradition with an inspiring vision of continental thought in action. It reaches a high point in chapter 6 with an apology ... Read full review

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Great introduction to Continental philosophy, especially for those who have been taught within an analytic environment. Giving fascinating pen portraits of the disagreement between various protagonists, but especially Heidegger and Carnap. His sympathetic treatment still makes me think Carnap (sorely now neglected except in relation to Quine) was right. But neglect is not something Heidegger suffers from. Excellent. 

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Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, USA. He also teaches at Tilburg University and the European Graduate School. His many books include Very Little... Almost Nothing, Infinitely Demanding, The Book of Dead Philosophers, The Faith of the Faithless, and, most recently with Tom McCarthy, The Mattering of Matter: Documents from the Archive of the International Necronautical Society. A new work on Hamlet called Stay, Illusion! was published in 2013 by Pantheon Books, co-authored with Jamieson Webster. Simon is the series moderator of 'The Stone', a philosophy column in The New York Times, to which he is a frequent contributor.

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