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Beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide
Pluralist Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN 9781138302181
Published June 16, 2017 by Routledge
342 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This forward-thinking collection presents new work that looks beyond the division between the analytic and continental philosophical traditions—one that has long caused dissension, mutual distrust, and institutional barriers to the development of common concerns and problems. Rather than rehearsing the causes of the divide, contributors draw upon the problems, methods, and results of both traditions to show what post-divide philosophical work looks like in practice.

Ranging from metaphysics and philosophy of mind to political philosophy and ethics, the papers gathered here bring into mutual dialogue a wide range of recent and contemporary thinkers, and confront leading problems common to both traditions, including methodology, ontology, meaning, truth, values, and personhood. Collectively, these essays show that it is already possible to foresee a future for philosophical thought and practice no longer determined neither as "analytic" nor as "continental," but, instead, as a pluralistic synthesis of what is best in both traditions. The new work assembled here shows how the problems, projects, and ambitions of twentieth-century philosophy are already being taken up and productively transformed to produce new insights, questions, and methods for philosophy today.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Contemporary Philosophy as Synthetic Philosophy Jeffrey A. Bell, Andrew Cutrofello, and Paul M. Livingston  Part I: Methodologies  2. The Emergence of the Concept of the Analytic Tradition as a Form of Philosophical Self-Consciousness James Conant  3. Philosophy as Articulation: Austin and Deleuze on Conceptual Analysis Richard Eldridge and Tamsin Lorraine  4. Conceptual Genealogy for Analytic Philosophy Catarina Dutilh Novaes  Part II: Truth and Meaning  5. Truth and Epoché: The Semantic Conception of Truth in Phenomenology David Woodruff Smith  6. From Difference-Maker to Truthmaker (and Back) Jeffrey A. Bell  7. Reasons, Epistemic Truth, and History: Foucault’s Criticism of Putnam’s Anti-Realism Lee Braver  8. Metaphor without Meanings: Derrida and Davidson as Complementary Samuel C. Wheeler III  Part III: Metaphysics and Ontology  9. Why is Time Different from Space? John McCumber  10. Wittgenstein Reads Heidegger, Heidegger Reads Wittgenstein: Thinking Language Bounding World Paul M. Livingston  11. The Answer to the Question of Being Graham Priest  Part IV: Values, Personhood, and Agency  12. Relativism and Recognition Carol Rovane  13. Revolutionary Actions and Events Andrew Cutrofello  14. Varieties of Shared Intentionality: Tomasello and Classical Phenomenology Dan Zahavi and Glenda Satne

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Jeffrey A. Bell is Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University, USA. He is the author of Deleuze’s Hume (2009) and co-editor of Deleuze and History (2009).

Andrew Cutrofello is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, USA. His most recent book is Continental Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction (2005).

Paul M. Livingston is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico, USA. His most recent book is The Politics of Logic: Badiou, Wittgenstein and the Consequences of Formalism (2011).


"To sum up: Many of the papers in this collection merit close and sustained attention. In consequence, so does the volume."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"In sum, these essays seek a pluralistic synthesis between the exactitude of analytic philosophy and the relativizing character of Continental thinking: Recommended."--CHOICE