The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy

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The Oxford Handbooks series is a major new initiative in academic publishing. Each volume offers an authoritative and up-to-date survey of original research in a particular subject area. Specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates. Oxford Handbooks provide scholars and graduate students with compelling new perspectives upon a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences.

The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy is the definitive guide to the major themes of the continental European tradition in philosophy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Brian Leiter and Michael Rosen have assembled a stellar group of contributors who provide a thematic treatment of continental philosophy, treating its subject matter philosophically and not simply as a series of museum pieces from the history of ideas. The scope of the volume is broad, with discussions covering a wide range of philosophical movements including German Idealism, existentialism, phenomenology, Marxism, postmodernism, and critical theory, as well as thinkers like Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, and Foucault. This Handbook will be an essential reference point for graduate students and professional academics working on continental philosophy, as well as those with an interest in European literature, the history of ideas, and cultural studies.

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"This voluminous handbook is a very welcome tool that brings out many fundamental aspects of continental philosophy and puts them in a new light in order to show their importance and relevance.... The results of this massive effort at covering many different themes of continental philosophy in the form of creative and critical essays are quite impressive.... In sum, this handbook is a remarkable achievement.... It is both a scholarly work providing a large amount of information and a philosophical work testing and assessing the originality and fruitfulness of continental philosophy."—Pol Vandevelde, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199234097
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/9/2008
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Leiter is John P. Wilson Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Philosophy, and Human Values at the University of Chicago.

Michael Rosen is Professor of Government at Harvard University

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Table of Contents

Notes on the Contributors     x
Introduction   Brian Leiter   Michael Rosen     1
Problems of Method
Phenomenology as Rigorous Science   Taylor Carman     9
Hermeneutics   Michael N. Forster     30
Philosophical Aestheticism   Sebastian Gardner     75
The History of Philosophy as Philosophy   Michael Rosen     122
Historicism   Frederick Beiser     155
What Have We Been Missing? Science and Philosophy in Twentieth-Century French Thought   Gary Gutting     180
Marxism and the Status of Critique   Alex Callinicos     210
Reason and Consciousness
Serpentine Naturalism and Protean Nihilism: Transcendental Philosophy in Anthropological Post-Kantianism, German Idealism, and Neo-Kantianism   Paul Franks     243
Dialectic, Value Objectivity, and the Unity of Reason   Fred Rush     287
Overcoming Epistemology   Herman Philipse     334
Individual Existence and the Philosophy of Difference   Robert Stern     379
Consciousness in the World: Husserlian Phenomenology and Externalism   Peter Poellner     409
Human Being
Nihilism and the Meaning of Life   Julian Young     463
'The Presentation of the Infinite in the Finite': The Place of God in Post-Kantian Philosophy   Stephen Mulhall     494
Being at Home: Human Beings and Human Bodies   Maximilian de Gaynesford     523
Freedom as Autonomy   Kenneth Baynes     551
The Legacy of Hellenic Harmony   Jessica N. Berry     588
Political, Moral, and Critical Theory: On the Practical Philosophy of the Frankfurt School   James Gordon Finlayson     626
The Humanism Debate   Thomas Baldwin     671
Morality Critics   Brian Leiter     711
Bibliography     755
Index     797

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