Continental Philosophy 217
What is cp?
Contrast with analytic philosophy (ap)
continental philosophers and continental breakfasts
They sound satisfying but they are no real meals
It sounds fancy but it isn't philosophically substantial or satisfying. The argumentative
rigor demanded in the analytic tradition is not found in cp, in cp it has been replaced
with art and literature.
Continental breakfasts are what people in the uk/us believe Europeans eat in the
morning. The designation continental breakfast, or cp, is a term that emerged outside
the continent, it was first termed in another tradition.
How the two jokes fit together. There is some reality at the bottom of the claim that
continental philosophers will privilege poetry and literature, whereas analytic
philosophers dont. But the suggestion that continental philosophy lacks philosophical
rigor is just a prejudice from the analytical philosophy tradition.
When does cp begin? Two related questions
When does cp come to name the standard other of analytic philosophy?
Here it is important to see that ap was born in the 20th century. The name cp is used in
writing in the mid 20th century. It's a name as a university course did not come until
recently. Before it was collectively denominated as existentialism.
Philosophers in each camp have their own distinctive ways in how they approach the
other philosophical tradition.
When according to continental philosophy does cp begin?
Sometime in the early nineteenth century after a split in German idealism. Another take
is that it happens in the twentieth century.
Obvious problems with the distinction between cp and ap
Continental is geographical, analytica