Mike Dagle's Reviews > Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Continental Philosophy by Simon Critchley
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A useful introduction even if it seems to me that Critchley is a bit too focused on Continental philosophy's relationship with analytic philosophy throughout. Critchley locates the rift in philosophy as result of there being "two cultures"; one that is utilitarian and science focused (analytic) and the other romantic and phenomenological. Their unity comes by analytic philosophy avoiding "scientism" and Continent philosophy avoiding "obscurantism".

One weakness (from a theological perspective) seems to me to be that Critchley doesn't want reductionist naturalism but is fine with naturalism with a little phenomenology, since he positions religious belief within "obscurantism" as a danger to be avoided.
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