Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Feb 22, 2001 - Philosophy - 168 pages
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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 protaganits, but especially Heidegger and Carnap. His sympathetic treatment stiil makes me think Carnap (sorely now neglected ,except in relation to Quine) was right. Neglect is not something Heidegger suffers from.Excellent. 


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Chapter 1The Gap between Knowledge and Wisdom
How to get fromKant to German Idealism
Two cultures inphilosophy
Chapter 4Can Philosophy Change theWorld? Critique praxisemancipation
Chapter 5What is to be Done?How to respond to nihilism
Heidegger and Carnap
Avoiding the traditionalpredicament in philosophy
The exhaustion of theory andthe promise of philosophy
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Simon Critchley is Reader in Philosophy at Essex and Directeur de Programme at the Collège International de Philosophie, Paris. He is author of The Ethics of Deconstruction (Blackwell, 1992), Very Little Almost Nothing (Routledge, 1997), and Ethics, Politics, Subjectivity (Verso, 1998), and has also edited a number of collections, including the Blackwell Companion to Continental Philosophy.

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