Twentieth-Century French Philosophy

Twentieth-Century French Philosophy

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Since philosophy is intended to aspire to timeless, universal truths, what is so special about French twentieth-century philosophy? The focus of French philosophy upon the moral, literary, spiritual, and political have made the subject a core-element in the secondary-school curriculum, and an understanding of French philosophy allows for greater insight in to French literature, drama, cinema, visual arts, and politics. In this chronological survey, Eric Matthews offers some explanations for the enduring popularity of the subject and traces the developments which French philosophy has taken in the twentieth century, from it roots in the thoughts of Descartes to key figures such as Bergson, Sartre, Marcel, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Derrida, and the recent French Feminists.show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129.8 x 196.9 x 16.8mm | 199.58g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192892487
  • 9780192892485
  • 1,180,127

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the reader who comes to this area for the first time will gain a definite sense of an intellectual movement with its own rigour... * Garrett Barden, author of After Principles *show more

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This book offers a historical and critical account of the works of some of the major French philosophers of the twentieth century. Avoiding jargon, Eric Matthews shows how the philosophical tradition derived from Descartes has developed in the present century in the writings of key figures such as Bergson, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Derrida, and contemporary French feminists. He relates philosophy to the wider French culture, and draws parallels with English-language philosophers.show more

About Eric Matthews

Eric Matthews is Head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Aberdeen.show more

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