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I'm intending to read Anthony's Kenny's 4 volume History of Philosopy. I notice though it stops in 1975 which is fair enough I think. You can't have the history of yesterday. However I'm curious to know what of significance would be missing.

I appreciate there are a lot of academic philosophers so a lot must have been going on in 40 plus years. But I'm interested in major philosophical movements that this may well omit. As a point of reference I should imagine that a book written 100 years ago wouldn't reference existentialism which I would consider a fair major thing - though i appreciate that the seeds of this philosophy predates that.

Is there a book (preferably) or online resource that could fill the gap in Anthony Kenny's work e.g. a critical introduction or review of contemporary and recent philosophical movements. To be useful the resource would need to be targetted at the same level i.e. that of the interested amateur.

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I appreciate there are a lot of academic philosophers so a lot must have been going on in 40 plus years.

That's quite an understatement.

In terms of major trends, on the continental I would take a look at Badiou, Žižek, and Agamben, and on the analytic side Parfit and Chalmers-- but these are just the first names that come to mind.

EDIT: Since the questions has been edited, I thought I would point the OP to my answer here, which may help.

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  • I might add Ranciere and Meillassoux to the continentals, but we are just scratching the surface...
    – Joseph Weissman
    Jul 6, 2012 at 14:55
  • Thanks for the response. I guess as an amateur I was just trying to get a flavour of what I might be missing. I've tried to tighten up the question a little in response to your answer. Jul 6, 2012 at 15:29
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    Saul Kripke! \o/
    – Tames
    Jul 10, 2012 at 14:43

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