This book is a fully updated and expanded new edition of An Introduction to Continental Philosophy, first published in 1996 It 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 Nietzsche, Habermas, Heidegger, Arendt, Sartre, Foucault, Derrida and ZiThis book is a fully updated and expanded new edition of An Introduction to Continental Philosophy, first published in 1996 It 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 Nietzsche, Habermas, Heidegger, Arendt, Sartre, Foucault, Derrida and Zi ek 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, 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 The new edition includes an additional, full length chapter on continental philosophy in the twenty first century focusing on Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zi ek Continental Philosophy An Introduction is an invaluable introductory text for courses on continental philosophy as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences dealing with major figures or influential approaches within that tradition.
Continental Philosophy An Introduction This book is a fully updated and expanded new edition of An Introduction to Continental Philosophy first published in It provides a clear concise and readable introduction to philosophy in the
West summarises and renders accessible a massive area of thought, though as with any introduction to such a broad range of difficult ideas and their proponents, some concessions are invariably made Perhaps being comfortable in political theory, he readily sinks his teeth into the political inclinations of the Frankfurt School and the so called Postmodernists , giving a thorough if no less introductory explication than he does of the density of Hegel or Heidegger One positive that comes with t [...]
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What this book does best is putting the Western philosophical cannon into a mostly linear narration, which helps the reader understand the theoretical and, at times, socio political condition that produced the philosophical thought that dominates each of the eras West s ability to write succinctly is an effort much appreciated, given the oft felt obscurantist nature of Continental Philosophy What is remarkable, though, is the lack of any focus on Deleuze that personally feels quite like a gap be [...]
West s book is a very good survey introduction to modern and postmodern thought He does a fair job in explaining the thought of a great variety of modern thinkers and the way they have contributed to the thought of others and built upon yet others I found his ability to link the influences of one thinker to another to be a particular strong point of the book, but also one that can cause some confusion as it can be difficult to follow his train of thought on some points, especially if one is very [...]
When I met Hilary Putnam years ago as an undergraduate, he advised us young philosophers to read the continental thinkers, expressing his sentiment that the analytic folk have a lot to learn from them Having already developed an analytic bent by that time, I was skeptical of this advice This book simply further confirmed my skepticism Still, this is probably about as good an overview of continental thought as could be presented in a single volume Some parts could use clarity especially the sect [...]
Concise summary of major themese of continental philosophy since Kant.