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French Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

Stephen Gaukroger and Knox Peden

July 2020

ISBN: 9780198829171

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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This book covers French philosophy from its origins in the sixteenth century up to the present, analysing it within its social, political, and cultural context. Throughout, the book explores the dilemma sustained by the markedly national conception of French philosophy, and its history of speaking out on matters of universal concern.

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This book covers French philosophy from its origins in the sixteenth century up to the present, analysing it within its social, political, and cultural context. Throughout, the book explores the dilemma sustained by the markedly national conception of French philosophy, and its history of speaking out on matters of universal concern.

  • Covers the whole period of French philosophy from its origins in the sixteenth century up to the present
  • Analyses the history of French philosophy in its social, political, and cultural context
  • Offers a corrective to narrow treatments of post-war French philosophy
  • Provides introductions to philosophers just now beginning to acquire a readership in English
  • Avoids a sectarian treatment of movements within contemporary French philosophy, showing how each plays a role in maintaining the distinct character of French philosophy, past and present
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Stephen Gaukroger, University of Sydney, and Knox Peden, University of Queensland

Stephen Gaukroger, who was educated at the University of London and the University of Cambridge, is Emeritus Professor of History of Philosophy and History of Science at the University of Sydney. He is the author of fourteen books and the editor of nine collections of essays.

Knox Peden is Senior Lecturer in European Enlightenment Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is the author of Spinoza Contra Phenomenology: French Rationalism from Cavaillès to Deleuze (2014) and has published widely on twentieth-century French thought in historical and philosophical journals.

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    1:Introduction
    2:The Origins of French Philosophy
    3:Radical Philosophy: the Eighteenth Century
    4:Post-Revolutionary Philosophy: the Nineteenth Century and the Third Republic
    5:Philosophy in Wartime: Phenomenology and Existentialism
    6:Restless Times: Structuralism and Post-Structuralism
    7:French Philosophy Today: Competing Ambitions
    8:Conclusion
    References and Further Reading
    Index