French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century

French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century

by Gary Gutting
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521665590

ISBN-13: 9780521665599

Pub. Date: 04/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this book Gary Gutting tells, clearly and comprehensively, the story of French philosophy from 1890 to 1990. He examines the often neglected background of spiritualism, university idealism, and early philosophy of science, and also discusses the privileged role of philosophy in the French education system. Taking account of this background, together with the

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In this book Gary Gutting tells, clearly and comprehensively, the story of French philosophy from 1890 to 1990. He examines the often neglected background of spiritualism, university idealism, and early philosophy of science, and also discusses the privileged role of philosophy in the French education system. Taking account of this background, together with the influences of avant-garde literature and German philosophy, he develops a rich account of existential phenomenology, which he argues is the central achievement of French thought during the century, and of subsequent structuralist and poststructuralist developments. Gary Gutting is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and a leading authority on the work of Michel Foucault. In addition to continental philosophy, he has done important work in philosophy of science and philosophy of religion. Gutting is the author of several books, including Michel Foucault's Archaeology of Scientific Knowledge (Cambridge, 1989), Pragmatic Liberalism and the Critique of Modernity (Cambridge, 1999), and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Foucault (Cambridge, 1994).

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ISBN-13:
9780521665599
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
434
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Philosophers of the Third Republic (1890–1940): 1. Fin-de-siècle: the professors of the republic; 2. Science and idealism; 3. Bergson; 4. Between the wars; Part II. The Reign of Existential Phenomenology (1940–60): 5. Sartre; 6. Beauvoir; 7. Merleau-Ponty; Part III. Structuralism and Beyond (1960–90): 8. The structuralist invasion; 9. Foucault; 10. Derrida; 11. Philosophies of difference; 12. Fin-de-siècle again: le temps retrouvé?; Conclusion: the philosophy of freedom; Appendix: philosophy and the French educational system.

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