Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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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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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 109.22 x 170.18 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0192853597
  • 9780192853592
  • 58,248

Table of contents

List of Illustrations ; Introduction ; 1. The gap between knowledge and wisdom ; 2. Origins of Continental Philosophy - How to get from Kant to German Idealism ; 3. Two Cultures in Philosophy - the need for both spectacles and eyes to see with ; 4. Can philosophy change the world? Critique, praxis, emancipation ; 5. What is to be done? How to respond to nihilism ; 6. A case study in misunderstanding: Heidegger and Carnap ; 7. Scientism versus obscurantism: avoiding the traditional predicament in philosophy ; 8. Sapere aude - the exhaustion of theory and the promise of philosophy ; Further Reading ; References ; Index
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About Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley is Reader in Philosophy at Essex and Directeur de Programme at the College 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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