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Columbia Companion to Twentieth-Century Philosophies is the first guide to cover both the Anglo-American analytic and European continental traditions. Organized thematically, the volume thoroughly discusses the major movements and fields of each tradition and features the contributions of highly distinguished specialists in their fields.

This book is divided into three sections. The first is devoted to highlighting the multidimensional work of philosophers identified with the analytic tradition, with Nicholas Rescher writing on neoidealism, Josephine Donovan commenting on feminist philosophy, Tyler Burge discussing the philosophy of language and mind, and Robert Hanna reflecting on Kant's legacy. The second section presents the thought of those who identified themselves with the continental tradition, featuring Jean Grondin on hermeneutics, Leonard Lawlor on phenomenology, Charles Scott on postmodernism, and Babette Babich on the philosophy of science.

This volume also covers logical positivism, naturalism, pragmatism, aesthetics, existentialism, Marxism, the Frankfurt School, structuralism, psychoanalysis, political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. The final section addresses concurrent trends in Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and African philosophy, and a comprehensive introduction by the editor not only provides a thorough outline of the problems and issues of the analytic and continental traditions but also boldly challenges the conviction that the two approaches must be rivals. Columbia Companion to Twentieth-Century Philosophies is an invaluable overview of the ideas that have shaped a monumentally important century in the history of philosophy, offering an unusually panoramic perspective that allows readers to form their own interpretations of original materials.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews


Readers will benefit greatly from the analytic and Continental perspectives on specific issues… Recommended.

Philadelphia Inquirer - Carlin Romano

The world's oldest intellectual profession keeps rolling on - this fine new compendium will help you keep up with the new names for old ideas.


Readers will benefit greatly from the analytic and Continental perspectives on specific issues… Recommended.

Philadelphia Inquirer
The world's oldest intellectual profession keeps rolling on - this fine new compendium will help you keep up with the new names for old ideas.

— Carlin Romano

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231142038
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 740
  • Sales rank: 1,447,122
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Constantin V. Boundas is professor emeritus of philosophy at Trent University in Ontario and a member of the Trent Centre for the Study of Theory, Politics, and Culture. He is the editor of The Deleuze Reader, Deleuze and Philosophy, and Gilles Deleuze's Logic of Sense and translator of Deleuze's Empiricism and Subjectivity.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
General Introduction     1
Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy
How to recognize Analytic Philosophy     29
Kant and the Analytic Tradition   Robert Hanna     37
Metaphysical and Moral Idealism   Leslie Armour     63
Anglo-American Neo-Idealism   Nicholas Rescher     78
Ordinary Language Philosophy   Kelly Dean Jolley     85
Logical Positivism and the Vienna Circle   Bernard Hodgson     96
Naturalism   Peter Loptson     116
Pragmatism   Nicholas Rescher     128
The Promise of Process Philosophy   Nicholas Rescher     143
Metaphysics   Douglas McDermid     156
Epistemology   John Greco     172
Philosophy of Language: 1950-2000   Tyler Burge     186
Analytic Philosophy of Mind: 1950-2000   Tyler Burge     210
Philosophy of Mathematics   Jeremy Avigad     234
Philosophy of Logic   Mathieu Marion     252
A Century of Transition in the Philosophy of Science   David Castle   Edward Jones-Imhotep     270
Ethics   Jan Narveson     285
Political Philosophy   Michael Neumann     297
Philosophy of Religion   Charles Taliaferro   Erik S. Christopherson     309
Feminism   Josephine Donovan     324
Aesthetics   Elisabeth Schellekens     338
Continental Themes in Analytic Philosophy   Taylor Carman     351
Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy
How to recognize Continental European Philosophy     367
The Hegelian Legacy   Bruce Baugh     375
Phenomenology   Leonard Lawlor     389
Hermeneutics   Jean Grondin     402
Existentialism   William L. McBride     415
Marxism   Andrew Wernick     427
Frankfurt School and Philosophy   Douglas Kellner     444
Psychoanalysis   Alenka Zupancic     457
Structuralism   Francois Dosse     469
Discourse about Difference   Calvin O. Schrag     479
Different/ ciations: The Case of Gilles Deleuze   Constantin V. Boundas     489
Postmodernism   Charles E. Scott     504
Life: An Essay on the Overcoming of Metaphysics   Leonard Lawlor      517
Philosophy of Mind   David Morris     531
Philosophy of Science   Babette E. Babich     545
Ethics   Francois Raffoul     559
Political Philosophy   David B. Ingram   John Protevi     570
Feminist Philosophy   Emilia Angelova     590
Philosophy of Religion   Merold Westphal     603
Aesthetics   Nicholas Davey     615
Analytic Themes in Continental Philosophy   Todd May     629
Non-Western Philosophies in the Twentieth Century
Indian Philosophy   Rohit Dalvi     645
Chinese Philosophy   Roger T. Ames     661
Japanese Philosophy   Robert E. Carter     675
African Philosophy   Bruce B. Janz     689
Contributors     703
Chronology     713
Index     729
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