Continental Philosophy: An Introduction / Edition 2

Continental Philosophy: An Introduction / Edition 2

by David West
     
 

This book is a fully updated and expanded new edition of An Introduction to Continental Philosophy, first published in 1996. It provides a clear, concise and readable introduction to philosophy in the continental tradition. It is a wide-ranging and reliable guide to the work of such major figures as Nietzsche, Habermas, Heidegger, Arendt, Sartre, Foucault,

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This book is a fully updated and expanded new edition of An Introduction to Continental Philosophy, first published in 1996. It provides a clear, concise and readable introduction to philosophy in the continental tradition. It is a wide-ranging and reliable guide to the work of such major figures as Nietzsche, Habermas, Heidegger, Arendt, Sartre, Foucault, Derrida and 'i'ek. At the same time, it situates their thought within a coherent overall account of the development of continental philosophy since the Enlightenment.

Individual chapters consider the character of modernity, the Enlightenment and its continental critics; the ideas of Marxism, the Frankfurt School and Habermas; hermeneutics and phenomenology; existentialism; structuralism, post-structuralism and postmodernism. In addition to the thinkers already mentioned, there is extended discussion of the ideas of Kant, Hegel, Dilthey, Husserl, Gadamer, Kierkegaard, de Beauvoir and Lyotard. The new edition includes an additional, full-length chapter on continental philosophy in the twenty-first century focusing on Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou and Slavoj 'i'ek.

Continental Philosophy: An Introduction is an invaluable introductory text for courses on continental philosophy as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences dealing with major figures or influential approaches within that tradition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745645827
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/21/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
867,283
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

David West is a Reader in Political Science and International Relations at the Australian National University

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.

1 Introduction: What is Continental Philosophy?

2 Modernity, Enlightenment and their ContinentalCritics.

From Modernity to Enlightenment.

The Critical Philosophy of Immanuel Kant.

Continental Critics of Enlightenment.

The Hegelian Synthesis.

3 Dialectics of Emancipation: Marx, the Frankfurt School andHabermas.

Feuerbach, Marx and Marxism.

The Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School.

Habermas and the Renewal of Critical Theory.

4 Historicism, Hermeneutics and Phenomenology.

Dilthey, Philosophy of Life and Hermeneutics.

Husserl and Phenomenology.

Heidegger's Phenomenology of Being.

Gadamer and the Universality of Hermeneutics.

The Phenomenology of Political Action —Hannah Arendt.

5 Beyond Theory: Kierkegaard, Nietzsche,Existentialism.

Søren Kierkegaard.

Friedrich Nietzsche.

Jean-Paul Sartre and French Existentialism.

6 Beyond the Subject: Structuralism andPoststructuralism.

Decentring the Subject.

The Break with Humanism.

Foucault's Genealogy of the Subject.

Derrida's Deconstruction of Western Metaphysics.

7 Postmodernism.

Varieties of Postmodernism.

Philosophical Critique of Enlightenment and ModernityPostmodernity as a Stage of Western Society.

Politics of Difference and Ethics of the Other.

8 Radical Departures.

After the End of History.

The Return of the Political - Agamben, Nancy,Lacoue-Labarthe
Slavoj Žižek - The Fractious Subject of Ideology.

In the Event of Alain Badiou.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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