Twentieth-Century French Philosophy: Key Themes and Thinkers
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
1. The Early Decades.
2. Phenomenology on the Way to Existentialism.
3. Existentialism and its Other.
4. Structuralism and the Challenge to Philosophy.
5. After Structuralism.
Key Biographies in Brief.
Appendix 1: Understanding French Academic Culture.
Appendix 2: Bibliography of French Philosophy in English Translation.
Works Cited and Consulted.
- Addresses trends such as vitalism, neo-Kantianism, existentialism, Marxism and feminism
- Presents concise biographies of the influential philosophers who shaped these movements, including entries on over ninety thinkers.
- Offers discussion and cross-referencing of ideas and figures
- Provides Appendix on the distinctive nature of French academic culture
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