Analytic and Continental philosophy have become increasingly specialised and differentiated fields of endeavour. This important collection of essays details some of the more significant methodological and philosophical differences that have separated the two traditions, as well as examining the manner in which received understandings of the divide are being challenged by certain thinkers whose work might best be described as post-analytic and meta-continental. Together these essays offer a well-defined sense of the field, of its once dominant distinctions and of some of the most productive new areas generating influential ideas and controversy. In an attempt to get to the bottom of precisely what it is that separates the analytic and continental traditions, the essays in this volume compare and contrast them on certain issues, including truth, time and subjectivity.
The book engages with a range of key thinkers from phenomenology, post-structuralism, analytic philosophy and post-analytic philosophy, examines the strengths and weaknesses of each tradition, and ultimately encourages enhanced understanding, dialogue and even rapprochement between these sometimes antagonistic adversaries.
James Williams is Professor of European Philosophy at the University of Dundee, UK and author of seven books on Deleuze, Lyotard and poststructuralism, including Gilles Deleuze's Logic of Sense: A Critical Introduction and Guide (EUP 2008). Jack Reynolds is a Lecturer in Philosophy at La Trobe University, Australia and author of Merleau-Ponty and Derrida: Intertwining Embodiment and Alterity (Ohio UP, 2004) and Understanding Existentialism (Acumen, 2006) and co-editor of Understanding Derrida (Continuum, 2004). James Chase is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Ed Mares is Professor of Philosophy at Victoria University at Wellington, New Zealand. His previous publications include Relevant Logic: A Philosophical Interpretation (CUP, 2004) and Realism and Anti-Realism (Acumen 2007, with Stuart Brock).
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2010
Edited by Edwin Mares
Edited by Jack Reynolds
Edited by James Chase
Edited by James Williams