With 58 original essays by major experts, this Companion volume provides the first survey of all the major figures of 19th- and 20th-century Continental philosophy. Each essay explains and develops the key ideas of a central figure or movement as they relate to such areas as art theory, cultural studies, social and political theory, psychology, and the sciences. The core topic section headings include: 'The Kantian Legacy' (Kant to Hegel); 'Overturning the Tradition' (Marx to Bergson); 'The Phenomenological Breakthrough' (neo-Kantianism to Heidegger); 'Phenomenology, Hegelianism and anti-Hegelianism in France' (Kojeve to Blanchot); 'Religion without Limits of Reason' (Rosenzweig to Marcel); 'Three Generations of Critical Theory' (Benjamin onwards); 'Hermeneutics' (Schleiermacher to Ricoeur); 'Continental Political Philosophy' (Lukas to Castoriadis); and, 'Structuralism and After' (Levi-Strauss to Le Doeuff). The key contributors include Beiser, Pippin, Caputo, Flynn, McCarthy, Laclau, Patton, and Bennington, among others.
Covering the complete development of post-Kantian Continental philosophy, this volume serves as an essential reference work for philosophers and those engaged in the many disciplines that are integrally related to Continental and European Philosophy.
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Author Biography - Simon Critchley
Simon Critchley is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Essex and Program Director at the College International de Philosophie, Paris. He is author of The Ethics of Deconstruction (1992), Very Little... Almost Nothing (1997) and Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity (1999). He is co-editor of Re-reading Levinas (1991), Deconstructive Subjectivities (1996), and Emmanuel Levinas: Basic Philosophical Writings (1996). William R. Schroeder teaches Continental Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is author of Sartre and His Predecessors: The Self and the Other (1984). He has also written on Hegel Nietzsche, interpretive theory, freedom, and Continental ethics and is currently working on a survey of Continental philosophy for Blackwell Publishers.