An Introduction to Continental Philosophy

An Introduction to Continental Philosophy

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This book provides a clear, concise and readable introduction to philosophy in the continental tradition. It is a wide-ranging and reliable guide to the work of such major figures as Habermas, Foucault, Derrida, Heidegger, Sartre and Nietzsche. At the same time, it situates their thought within a coherent overall account of the development of continental philosophy since the Enlightenment. Individual chapters consider the character of modernity, the Enlightenment and its continental critics; the ideas of Marxism, the Frankfurt School and Habermas; hermeneutics and phenomenology; existentialism; structuralism and post-structuralism; and postmodernism. In addition to the thinkers already mentioned, there is extended discussion of the ideas of Kant, Hegel, Dilthey, Husserl, Gadamer, Kierkegaard, De Beauvoir and Lyotard."An Introduction to Continental Philosophy" is an invaluable introductory text for courses on continental philosophy as well as courses dealing with major figures or influential approaches within that tradition. It will also be most helpful to students and academics from the many disciplines which have been significantly influenced by continental philosophy in recent years, including politics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, theology, literature and cultural studies.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 158.8 x 238.5 x 27.7mm | 567g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745611842
  • 9780745611846

Table of contents

Preface.1. Introduction: What is Continental Philosphy?2. Modernity, Enlightenment and their Continental Critics.3. Dialectics of Emancipation: Marx, the Franfurt School an Habermas.4. Historicism, hermeneutics and Phenomenology.5. Beyond Theory: Kierkegaars, Nietzsche, Existentialism.6. Beyond the Subject: Structuralism and Poststructuralism.7. Postmodernism.Notes.Bibliography.Index.show more

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'This book is an impressive achievement. It is clearly and accessibly written and it covers all the major traditions, and most of the major authors, of post-Kantain European philosophy. It will be an attractive book for the general reader and for beginners in philosophy.' Peter Dews, University of Essex 'This book does more than introduce continental philosophy; it makes it interesting and intriguing.' Philip Pettit, The Australian National Universityshow more

About David West

David West is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, Australian National University.show more

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