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French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century

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  • Date Published: May 2001
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521662123

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  • In this book Gary Gutting tells, clearly and comprehensively, the story of French philosophy from 1890 to 1990. He examines the often neglected background of spiritualism, university idealism, and early philosophy of science, and also discusses the privileged role of philosophy in the French education system. Taking account of this background, together with the influences of avant-garde literature and German philosophy, he develops a rich account of existential phenomenology, which he argues is the central achievement of French thought during the century, and of subsequent structuralist and poststructuralist developments. Gary Gutting is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and a leading authority on the work of Michel Foucault. In addition to continental philosophy, he has done important work in philosophy of science and philosophy of religion. Gutting is the author of several books, including Michel Foucault's Archaeology of Scientific Knowledge (Cambridge, 1989), Pragmatic Liberalism and the Critique of Modernity (Cambridge, 1999), and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Foucault (Cambridge, 1994).

    • Comprehensive survey of twentieth-century French thought, including first proper treatment in English of the neglected early years
    • Clear and accessible discussions of difficult thinkers such as Sartre, Foucault, Derrida
    • Challenging accounts of the significance of existentialism, structuralism and poststructuralism
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    "This very important review of philosophy in France from 1890 to 1990 will be great value to newcomers and specialists...surveyed is impressive...With helpful notes and a good index and bibliography, even those who object to some of Gutting's interpretations or criticisms will find this a valuable resource." Choice Nov 2001

    "Gutting's text...reintroduces French philosophy to the rest of the Anglo-American philosophical community; it is a helpful read for anyone at all interested in French philosophy, and entirely indispensable for those who reject French philosophy altogether." Philosophy in Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521662123
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 161 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.805kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Philosophers of the Third Republic (1890–1940):
    1. Fin-de-siècle: the professors of the republic
    2. Science and idealism
    3. Bergson
    4. Between the wars
    Part II. The Reign of Existential Phenomenology (1940–60):
    5. Sartre
    6. Beauvoir
    7. Merleau-Ponty
    Part III. Structuralism and Beyond (1960–90):
    8. The structuralist invasion
    9. Foucault
    10. Derrida
    11. Philosophies of difference
    12. Fin-de-siècle again: le temps retrouvé?
    Conclusion: the philosophy of freedom
    Appendix: philosophy and the French educational system.

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    • Pluralism & Conflict
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    Gary Gutting, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

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