The term `continental philosophy` refers to the trends of philosophy prevalent in the European continent, particularly in 19th-20th century France and Germany. Philosophical ideas that fall beneath the title of continental philosophy include: German idealism, phenomenology, existentialism and ...

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Zarathustra and the History of Western Philosophy

Zarathustra is famously invoked by Nietzsche to sweep away a univocal theology - Western Christian monotheism; in the history of religions Zarathustra is famous as the founder of Zorastrianism; this a ...
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How much formal logic and mathematics would I have to study if I focused on continental philosophy?

Based on what I’ve read, and I hope I got it right, continental philosophy is a loose term for the different schools of thought that resist the influence of the analytic tradition. Critical theory, ...
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Can philosophy overcome “the two cultures” divide?

Snow noted a growing divide between "the two cultures" in Western society, scientists and "literary intellectuals", who became increasingly self-absorbed and incomprehensible to each other. One of ...
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Is anyone now writing philosophy in the style of Plato - the Dialogue?

Hume wrote some of his works in the style of a Dialogue following Platos lead; has any-one since? Or is it all prose?
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Nietzsche - crime, sin and punishments

Deleuze in Nietzsche and Philosophy wrote: In comparison with Christianity the Greeks are children. Their way of depreciating existence, their 'nihilism', does not have the perfection of the ...
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What a “Bismarckian realist”

I know who Otto von Bismarck is, I understand how someone would qualify as a realist. I don't understand what a "Bismarckian realist" is. Could someone explain this concept to me in detail?
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What is Sorge (Care) in Heideggers thought?

Sorge is a concept used by Heidegger. Its defined by Miriam-Webster as: concern, care; especially : a feeling bordering on anxiety and is etmologically derived from from Old High German ...
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Do durations really end?

Leading on from this question here. I am trying to construct an understanding of why Husserl and Derrida in Aporias might believe in immortality (though perhaps neither do.) Do any of the ...
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Is deconstruction not a method because methodologies are mechanistic?

Deconstruction is a commonly used term in contemporary literary theory as well as philosophy. In Letter to a Japanese Friend, Derrida indicates that Deconstruction is "not a method" and cannot be ...
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What does “non-philosophy” mean in the works of Laruelle (and scholars of Laruelle)?

From just the Wikipedia article and a few stray references here and there, I don't understand what Laruelle's "non-philosophy" is and how it can by aptly be described by its title. The link above ...
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What do the opening lines of Barthes' “A Lover's Discourse” mean?

Everything follows from this principle: that the lover is not to be reduced to a simple symptomal subject, but rather that we hear in his voice what is “unreal,” i.e., intractable. Whence the ...
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Why does Kierkegaard suggest indolence makes ressentiment dangerous?

Nietzsche is well known for his notion of ressentiment which he had taken from Kierkegaard and develops in the Anti-Christ; Kierkegaard notes In the Present Age the positive value of ressentiment in ...
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Deleuzian finitism and Spinozian infinitism

In the IEP entry on Deluze, there is the following: Commenting on Lucretius, Deleuze makes the following, extremely similar, remark: "The speculative object and the practical object of ...
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Is the cogito analytic a priori?

Descarte said 'I think therefore I am', or in the orginal Latin, cogito ergo sum. Is this analytic a priori? The evidence for it being analytic, is that the first statement 'I think' includes a ...
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Examples of philosophers that are neither analytic nor continental

Are there any examples of philosophers who did (or do) neither analytic nor continental philosophy, but rather practiced (or practice) a harmonious mix between the two?
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What is philsosophy when it is sutured to Music?

In Badious philosophy, he has considers that Poltics, Art, Science & Love to be four truth-procedures, and that Philosophy is suspended from the other three; but it can be sutured to them too. ...
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How many mirrors must a man look in before he becomes a man?

In Lacanian theory, the mirror stage first becomes effective when the infant ego is confronted with the possibility of another ego - an other - usually taken as the gaze of the mother; but this is but ...
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How did Antiquity deal with the disappearance of the Transcendent?

In Western Philosophy, Existentialism heeding Nietzches call was the first philosophy that dealt with the loss of the transcendent in a formal way. Whereas prior to him, it anchored, or rather was ...
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What is the definition of Derrida's term “dissemination”?

Derrida is hard to sum up but can someone define his notion of "dissemination" or does anyone know a good passage where he defines it? I know that Derrida writes on dissemination and has an original ...
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Badiou, Deicide & the return of the Transcendent

Badious philosophy is predicated on Set Theory, in its incarnation as the materialist set theory ZFC. He calls mathematics the very site of ontology. Nietszche famously declared the death of God (in ...
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Does analytical political philosophy discuss both capitalism and communism as an inheritence of Christianity?

John Gray, discusses in his book, Black Mass, the similarities between both Capitalism and Communism in terms of Christianity in a Post-Christian Europe - he calls them both Political Religion: He ...
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Descartes' Enlargement or Limitation of Cognition?

Descartes gives the metaphysical implications of freedom of the will as it relates to the power of cognition. This involves the function of judgement in its natural character and representational ...
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The Soil of Being and Time

In Being and Time, Heidegger claims that an analysis of Dasein is preparatory in that it is guided by the task of working out the question of being. In particular, its purpose is to "uncover the soil" ...
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Is Western Philosophy Inherently Patriarchal and Mono-racial? [closed]

Philosophy has always been a powerful social institution, even before the Athenian “Golden Age” and its professionalization over the last few centuries. Still, many give a deflationary account of its ...
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Why does Kant not include Nature as an Idea of Reason?

The difference between an idea and concept is that the former is inexhaustible and does not allow for the determinations granted to the latter. For example, throughout the history of philosophy we ...
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Are there better terms to translate Present-at-hand and Ready-to-hand?

These are both Heideggerian terms. Present-at-hand translates vorhanden and Vorhandenheit. It roughly denotes theoretical knowledge. Ready-to-hand translates griffbereit, zuhanden and Zuhandenheit. ...
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Can we have Ethics without Ontology?

Just finished reading Ethics without Ontology (2004) by Harvard professor Hilary Putnam where he argues for a pragmatic pluralism, conceptual relativity, and the obligations to recognize and resist ...
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Is there a Sanskrit term that overlaps semantically with ἀ–λήθεια (a-letheia)?

Sat (Sanskrit: सत्): is a Sanskrit adjective meaning "the ideal; pure and true essence (nature)" of an entity or existence in the Vedanta. It can thus be concluded as "the self-existent or ...
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Was Deleuze's understanding of the infinitesimal calculus primitive?

According to the SEP: Deleuze was one of the targets of the polemic in Sokal and Bricmont 1999. As much of their chapter on Deleuze consists of exasperated exclamations of incomprehension, it is ...
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How do I begin to understand Event & Possibility?

According to the SEP: he tries to develop a metaphysics adequate to contemporary mathematics and science—a metaphysics in which the concept of multiplicity replaces that of substance, event ...
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Which Analytic philosophers have a positive engagement with Marxism?

I generally associate Marxist thought to be generally associated with the Continental tradition, however one supposes there are philosophers in the Analytic tradition that have critically evaluated ...
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In Spinoza's system what is the status of time and space?

Spinoza in his Ethics, following Descartes says that: Extension is the unique essence of matter Noting that matter is generally percieved to be distinct from space and time, how does one use ...
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Is Deleuzes philosophical 'fabrication of concepts' poesis unfolded & diagrammed?

What connects thinking and poetry [Dichten] is metaphor. In philosophy one calls concept what in poetry [Dichtkunst] is called metaphor. Thinking creates its “concepts” out of the visible, in order ...
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Why did Levinas feel he was “present at the creation and end of the world”?

Martin Heidegger faced Ernst Cassirer in a famous disputation at Davos, Switzerland in the spring of 1929, which had such a dramatic effect on continental philosophy that the young Emmanuel Levinas, ...
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What is a larval-subject?

On the heading of this blog: Larvae are creatures in a process of becoming or development that have not yet actualized themselves in a specific form. This space is a space for the incubation of ...
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Is correlationism Kantian or post-Kantian?

In Speculative Realism, Correlationism is defined as the term linking Thinking and Being. Is the term original to this movement or picked up from post-Kantian thinking?
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Was Bergson a physicalist?

In Radical Philosophy 92, Sean Watson in his article The New Bergsonianism writes: The first proposition central to any Bergsonist philosophy is simply that (in contrast to the traditional ...
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Has analytical or continental philosophy had the more profound or greater impact in the intellectual world at large?

I mean outside of its own discipline but also outside of the Anglo-European world. This question was provoked by the introduction to the Routledge History of Western Philosophy - Vol 10 - Continental ...
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Which active movements in philosophy today might be aligned with “continental” interests?

Which active movements in philosophy today might be considered allied or aligned with "continental" interests? (Related to this question.)
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What are some introductions to the variety of movements that constitute “contintental” philosophy?

What are some good introductions to the variety of movements that constitute "contintental" philosophy? Which forerunners of these movements might be most helpful in terms of understanding their ...
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What were the most significant historical influences of continental philosophy?

"Continental philosophy includes the following movements: German idealism, phenomenology, existentialism (and its antecedents, such as the thought of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche), hermeneutics, ...
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Are there thought experiments in the discourse of continental philosophers?

This isn't a serious question of philosophy, but more about philosophical style. For example: Nagel's Bat and Searle's Chinese room & Frank Jacksons's Knowledge argument are all thought ...
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Should one consider Phenomenology as a turn from Aristotle's eternal substances to Heraclitean flux?

Both Plato & Aristotle had a philosophy of stasis. That is Plato's theory of forms which appear to be outside of time. Whereas Aristotle's theory of substance is actually in time but stripped of ...
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Are simple physical laws actually simple?

This is a question about the philosophy of physics. If one takes a glance at the philosophy of mathematics its easy to see that the idea of number is filled with philosophical niceties and is a much ...
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How do we understand something?

Is there some theory that explains this. When I reflect on how I reason through to an understanding of something (the Eureka moment), it appears that to me that the steps are never sufficient and that ...
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What is the difference between Derrida's Deconstruction and Heidegger's Destruktion?

Derrida's deconstruction, as far as I understand it, is to critically examine values as embodied in binary situations like signifier and signified where there is an implicit hierarchy of value - one ...
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What is the difference between Dasein and consciousness?

In Heidegger's Being and Time he probes the question of Being, and not of beings; he probes it by querying that being for which Being is a problem. This being he names Dasein = da sein = being there. ...
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Whn Badiou asserts that mathematics is Ontology what does he mean by Ontology?

Badious oeuvre can be succintly phrased in his slogan: mathematic is ontology. Mathematics I understand. So the question really is the other part of his slogan. I take his 'is' to be normal and ...
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Do I need to implicitly or explicitly have a value to rationally claim that I 'ought to do something'?

I use Humes idea about the 'is..ought to gap' (or my spin on it) mainly to make sure I have good reasons for what I do -and what I advise others to do- and to make sure actions are not based purely on ...
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Any recommendation of books on Fichte's later period thoughts

It seems extremely difficult to find a book that elaborates on Fichte's later period (after Jena period) thoughts. Can anyone recommend me a book?