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Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Paperback – 22 Feb 2001
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About the Author
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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In short, this is complicated stuff. Despite the author's evident interest in phenomenology, this book is slightly reminiscent of a Foucaultian Archaeology- the author could almost be read as exploring the discursive factors that have shaped the discourses of Continental and Analytical Philosophy, showing how -despite the hostility- there are deeper underlying structures that both sides share. Whilst one would not want to push this analogy too far, Critchley certainly utilises thinkers -Bentham, Carnap etc- that one would not expect to find in a book on this subject, and, rather than focussing on thinkers such as Badiou, Zizek, Derrida, Foucault, Althussier, Deleuze, Barthes, Adorno, Habermas, Lyotard -and so on- he instead starts with an indepth treatise on Kant.
Whilst this book doesn't eclipse the stunning Foucault: A Very Short Introduction it is an ambitious and robustly argued piece of work that is excellent for filling in the holes of the philosophical family tree. I would recommend this alongside German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction which almost reads like a companion volume, and also the slightly breezier -and more informal- Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction.
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the continental philosophical approach vs analytical one.Read more