Continental Philosophy: An Introduction / Edition 2

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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 Žižek. 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 Žižek.

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"West's ability as a story teller makes this a thoroughlyinteresting read regardless of one's degree of expertise in thesubject. It is an exemplary introduction."
Sociological Review

"Thoughtful, thoroughly researched, well written, ContinentalPhilosophy invites students and scholars to engage in a rich and interesting tradition."
Teaching Philosophy

"This second edition does more than introduce continentalphilosophy; it makes it interesting and intriguing."
Philip Pettit, Princeton University

"David West's interpretations of the major figures ofcontinental philosophy are succinct and insightful. He readscontinental philosophy as a reaction to Enlightenment rationalismand as a potential foundation for emancipatory politics. Thisedition includes a courageous critique of several important recentfigures: Agamben, Žižek and Badiou. West provides an illuminatingand thorough introduction to the continental tradition."
William R. Schroeder, University of Illinois

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745645827
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 884,287
  • 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

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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.




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