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The Idea of Continental Philosophy$
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Simon Glendinning

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624706

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624706.001.0001

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The Analytic Perspective on the Idea

The Analytic Perspective on the Idea

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The Idea of Continental Philosophy

Simon Glendinning

Edinburgh University Press

A key claim of the book is that the idea of Continental philosophy has its roots in analytic philosophy. This chapter engages with this theme by exploring texts that belong centrally to the development of this analytic idea: texts which have strongly affirmed the idea of, and so cultivated the reality of, a gulf-stricken philosophical culture. The aim is to make clear why it came about that Continental philosophy became the analytic tag for what must be excluded from a ‘healthy’ philosophical culture. The main texts explored in this chapter are by Gilbert Ryle, R.M. Hare, and Geoffrey Warnock. These texts make it clear that Continental philosophy is not a style or method of philosophy, nor even a set of such styles or methods, but, first of all, the Other of analytic philosophy: a free-floating construction which gives analytic philosophy the illusory assurance that it has methodologically secured itself from ‘sophistry and illusion’.

Keywords:   Gilbert Ryle, R.M. Hare, Geoffrey Warnock, sophistry

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