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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 deconstruction. Notable thinkers include Edmund Husserl, Franz Brentano, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jacques Derrida.

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Revisiting Nietzsche and Scheler's Philosophies of Ressentiment

One often hears Nietzsche's views on ressentiment cited, but I contend that they are resentful. Nietzsche considered ressentiment as a central theme of his philosophy describing it as feelings of ...
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Analytic/continental philosophy and scientific realism

Can we say, accepting some exceptions, that overall, today and over history since the distinction between analytic and continental philosophy was introduced, analytic philosophers tend to be more ...
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Which graduate programs, if any, specialize in or at least explore metamodernism?

I was enthralled with this subject matter in my undergraduate studies and would like to pursue it further. Any suggestions?
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Is Speculative Realism pluralist

While there are many speculative realists, the fundamental foundations of metaphysics related to anti-correlationist stance and post-continental philosophy remains pretty similar. While some might ...
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I cannot find 20th-Century Philosophy: The Speculative Tradition, by Peter Koestenbaum. Where should I look for it?

The paperback series Readings in the History of Philosophy is an 8 volume series about Western philosophy, from the Presocratics to the twentieth century. The Volumes and their Editors are: Greek ...
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Memory vs. Repetition in Deleuze

In the introduction of Difference and Repetition, Deleuze seems to contrast repetition with memory. How does this really cash out? Does this mean Deleuze is making the claim that memory is a kind of ...
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Why is Nietzsche an important philosopher?

Can someone explain to me why Nietzsche is an important philosopher? To be honest, I am interested in analytic philosophy and I want to to how much valuable the Nietzsche's ideas are from analytical ...
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Philosophers who explore the importance of history/culture giving us meaning in life?

Take the example of the concept of 'femininity': An existentialist thinker might suggest the meaning of femininity is completely subjective and one must decide the meaning of femininity for themselves ...
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What is the anti-thesis of Existentialism?

Existentialism represents a turning away from systematic philosophy (with its emphasis on metaphysical absolutes and principles of rational certainty) and toward an emphasis on the concrete existence ...
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Is Continental philosophy a continuation of metaphysics, analytic philosophy a departure from it?

Would it be correct to affirm that what has been called Continental philosophy (existentialism: Kierkeggard, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Heidegger, Sartre; phenomenology: Husserl, Merleau-Ponty; vitalism:...
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Are there secular philosophers who argue for predetermined and given meaning/value in life and essentialism?

In continental philosophy particularly existentialism, thinkers reject the idea that there are any predetermined or given meanings/values in life, and stresses that we must take up our freedom and ...
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What is the meaning of nothingness in Sartre's ⟪Being and Nothingness⟫?

A head-up: I am from an analytic background, and I have only read continental philosophy via second sources. I am confused about what 'nothingness' mean in Sartre's ⟪Being and Nothingness⟫. Some ...
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"Thing becoming vs Thing become" - What is meant by this phrase? What is its origin/Context?

I've been reading a lot of German classics for the last couple of years, and I keep bumping into the (para)phrase "The thing become" and "The thing becoming". I remember one of the ...
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Is the split between Continental and Analytical comparable to the split between Empiricism and Rationalism, if so can it be reconciled?

Just as Kant reconciled empiricism and rationalism, is there a project to unify analytical and continental ? Or is Analytical philosophy irreversibly ingrained in Scientism while continental ...
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Is Wittgenstein's proposition "the world is a collection of facts not things" similar to Hegel's claim that objects are not things but forces?

They both seem to suggest that objects are not defined by their discrete appearances but rather by the conceptual framework which allows us to perceive them. In case of Wittgenstein the world is all ...
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Why would some philosophers consider Nietzsche the "Godfather of Fascism"?

I'm really new to philosophy and heard a lot that Nietzsche was considered the "godfather of fascism". The phrase seems to be a recent development according to Google ngram, but it is ...
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Cassirer and the Categorical Imperative

I've been reading some of the shorter works of the neo-Kantian and proto-semiologist Ernst Cassirer. While I find him a valuable bridge across the "continental divide," I'm not sure yet that ...
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Is there a set standard on how to avoid using obfuscating language?

Is there a set standard on how to avoid using obfuscating language? What are they if they do exist in philosophy. In the natural science, there are certain standards writers and editors of scientific ...
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What is the relationship between positional and non-positional consciousness for Sartre?

I am wondering when one is non-positionally conscious of a feeling, is that feeling facticity or also positional consciousness of an object? In a word is reflection in the presence to self duality ...
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Dialectics and Machiavelli

What is the relation between Marxist dialectics and Machiavelli's philosophy? I have read Lefort, and he seems good, but I was unsure if he was an academic playing games.
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Is there any second-hand, open-source literature on Georges Bataille's essay “The Psychological Structure of Fascism”?

A while ago, I read Bataille's essay “The Psychological Structure of Fascism”, translated into English by Carl Lovitt. As I haven't followed any philosophy courses at a university (I'm mostly a self-...
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Why is postmodernism apparently so ill-perceived in philosophy of science?

In the introduction to Massimo Pigliucci's book Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem, a collection of essays about the topic, I found the following bit: (...) we ...
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Looking for open source 20th century philosophy texts?

I'm looking for digital copies (hopefully text files, not scanned or image files) of major philosophical texts, that I can use in an AI research experiment without infringing any copy rights. Ideally ...
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Hegel's Master and slave dialectic interpretation

Hi I am not sure wether my interpretation is correct. Could someone please correct this if they see any mistakes in it. Hegel's master/slave dialectic 1) Starts of with a self consciousness, the ‘I ...
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Maurice Blanchot's view on death?

Can someone please explain in simple terms what are the two types of death that Maurice Blanchot talked about? I came across an article about it on the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy but I don't ...
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Is it wrong to think that some continental philosophers make statements about the truth on an arbitrary basis?

The first thing I noticed when reading continental philosophers is that they make statements about the truth without any empirical or logical basis such that the statements were made on a completely ...
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Are there any good sources that would help me read Lacan's Seminar XVII?

I've been interested in psychoanalysis for the past year or so; I've read a little bit of Freud (the introductory lectures, the case study on the Rat Man, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, and about half ...
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Is the confusion about philosophy's place in the academia a result of the analytic movement?

First, let's state that obviously there will be those who'll say "what confusion" (by confusion I mean for example questions like "what philosophy has to do with science"), and for them I'll start ...
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So much ad hominem against French continental philosophers and no true critiques -- can someone lead me to the right direction?

I continuously get awfully surprised to see so much hate and misunderstanding going around for the French philosophers of the 20th century, not only in academia, but on this forum, and elsewhere. I ...
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Can one get a masters in philosophy without majoring in philosophy?

Let me clarify my question a little bit. I am a high school senior deciding between Cambridge and UChicago. I know that I want to study philosophy in grad school. I am mostly interested in continental ...
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How can studying mathematics give a better understanding of philosophy?

Does studying mathematics at the high-school or undergraduate level help give an better understanding of philosophy (not counting philosophy of science, which has an obvious relationship)? If so how? ...
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Is there any supporter of Michael Polanyi's criticism of scientific objectivism?

I just found out about Michael Polanyi and his ideas fascinate me. One of those, is his criticism of objectivism in science, which he historically links to Galileo. Historically, he mainly goes ...
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What are some recommendations for guidebooks or companion-books to Heidegger's "Being and Time"?

I'm looking for a guidebook or some other companion to Heidegger's "Being and Time". Ideally, I'd like to find a book that steps through the entire original work, providing summary and background to ...
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Does Sokal & Bricmont's book offer proof of the vacuity of Post-Modernism? Can any schools of Philosophy be proven to be pure Sophistry?

Is Sokal & Bricmont's lambasting of Post-Modern Intellectuals proof of the vacuity of Post-Modernism? Does this offer us a hope at proving that some schools of Philosophy can be proven to be pure ...
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Questions on Peter Hallward's introduction to Alain Badiou's Ethics?

In his introduction to "Ethics" by Alain Badiou he does a quick run down on how the analytic ethics of Lacan differ from the philosophical ethics of Badiou. I'm having a hard time ...
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Has Ingmar Bergman's existentialism been studied by philosophers?

The legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman oftentimes is described as incorporating the language of existential philosophy into his films. Common in his work from the late '50s onward are characters who ...
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What good is philosophy that is not clearly reasoned? [closed]

What good is philosophy that is not clearly reasoned? Questions like this have already come up, but I specifically would like to know what the more obscure philosophy can, on account of its lack of ...
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Frankfurt School: analytical or continental?

Does Frankfurt School belong to analytical or to continental philosophical tradition?
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What are the chances one can write and publish a philosophical book without formal education?

My question is very simple: what are the chances one can get a philosophy book (in the tradition of continental philosophy) published and delivered to a wide audience if one does not hold any degrees/...
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Vedānta in Kant

There are many similarities in Vedānta and the philosophy of Kant . What is the precise similarity between them?
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Readings of the Other?

I have come across the term 'the Other' several times while reading/watching videos of Zizek's/Derrida. While googling the answer to my question of what the Other is and represents is an option, I ...
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What are the arguments for preferring Continental or Analytic philosophy? [closed]

It seems as though Analytic philosophy is dominating in my country. Could you give me an argument for preferring Continental over Analytic philosophy, and vice versa, their relative strengths and ...
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What could a jew do, when he arrived with a train in Auschwitz? [closed]

Can questions like "What could a jew do, when he arrived with a train in Auschwitz?" really be answered? Do such questions have a place in philosophy? What about analytic philosophy? Works of ...
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Is Judith Butler a continental philosopher?

Would you consider Judith Butler a philosopher in the continental tradition, and for what reason? I was recently derided for making that suggestion. I know the continental/analytic dichotomy is ...
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Has philosophy from the end of the 19th century largely been forgotten?

I am wondering if this is something that other people think. It seems to me that during a period of time from the late 19th century to the early 20th, there are a large number of philosophers who ...
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Why should we listen to Michel Foucault if he based his arguments on biased historical claims?

I have only recently heard about philosophical ideas of Michel Foucault from a friend of mine. His claims, those concerning madness for example, sound iconoclastic to me. After looking up some ...
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Does a discussion of McTaggart's B series appear in continental philosophy?

I have thought about it, in my own terms, long enough to think that there's no A series. But maybe this can inspire me to something more interesting, less analytic. Do any continental philosophers ...
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What is an Event for Badiou?

Badiou is known for his theorisation of the Event, for example in his book Being and Event; it's clear though that it's not an event in these term: smiles, walks, dances, weddings, explosions, ...
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What are contemporary Non English language and Continental sources in philosophy of mind?

It just came to me that all of the contemporary sources on philosophy of mind that I have been reading (Dennett, Nagel, Churchland, Chalmers, Searle, Hofstadter, Jackson) are all writing in English, ...
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What are some good continental resources on ontology and epistemology?

I'd like to educate myself in contemporary, mainly continental, philosophy. Yet, every time I start looking into it, I encounter topics I consider not at the core of philosophy, but rather at the ...
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