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Twentieth-Century French Philosophy: Key Themes and Thinkers

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4394-3
320 pages
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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This unique book addresses trends such as vitalism, neo-Kantianism, existentialism, Marxism and feminism, and provides 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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    Preface.

    Chronology.

    Part I.

    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.

    6. Conclusion.

    Part II.

    Key Biographies in Brief.

    Appendix 1: Understanding French Academic Culture.

    Appendix 2: Bibliography of French Philosophy in English Translation.

    Works Cited and Consulted.

    Index.

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    Alan D. Schrift is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Grinnell College Center for the Humanities. He is the author of Nietzsche and the Question of Interpretation: Between Hermeneutics and Deconstruction (1990), Nietzsche's French Legacy: A Genealogy of Poststructuralism (1995), Modernity and the Problem of Evil (2005), and the editor of six collections of essays, including The Logic of Gift: Toward an Ethic of Generosity (1997).
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    • 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
    See More
    “This is a multifaceted work … a stimulating introduction to a rich philosophical era, and it is all the more rewarding due to Schrift’s specific focus on the structure of philosophical institutions in France.” (Philosophy In Review)

    "Schrift has written a book that is a gift to both scholars and students. This volume should be a required textbook in every course in Continental philosophy. Highly recommended." (Choice)

    “A clear and thorough account … also introduce[s] the reader to some lesser-known influences … .A historical reference work, but is also much more.” (Continental Philosophy Review)

    "This is an astonishing book, a must-read for anyone interested not only in twentieth-century French philosophy, but also in the academic situation in France that produced, among others, Derrida, Deleuze, and Foucault."
    Leonard Lawlor, University of Memphis

    "A most welcome addition to the literature on twentieth-century French philosophy, and will prove to be an invaluable guide to students and scholars alike. Written in a lucid and instructive manner, it features material and information little known to English-speaking readers but vital for full appreciation of French thought. The book is essential reading for anyone involved in the subject."
    Keith Ansell Pearson, University of Warwick

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