Time and philosophy : a history of continental thought /

Looking at the development of continental philosophy in both Europe and America, McCumber discusses philosophers ranging from Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, Adorno and Horkheimer, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Foucault, and Derrida to the most influential thinkers of today -...

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Main Author: McCumber, John.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: MontreĢal ; Ithaca : c2011.
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McCumber (Germanic languages, UCLA) provides an excellent presentation of the history of Continental philosophy from Kant to the present. The book hits all the major figures one would expect or hope to see discussed in such a book, and does so in an eminently readable fashion. The biographical anecdotes that begin each chapter are particularly appreciated. However, more than simply a history of philosophy, this volume is a systematic presentation of a thesis: Continental philosophy is founded on the idea that individual philosophers are situated in time and history, thus making reflections on time and history the central topic in Continental philosophy. Separate chapters discuss Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Foucault, and Derrida, among other thinkers. The single best volume of its kind, Time and Philosophy deserves to be widely read, both by students (because of its lucid presentations of each thinker) and by scholars working in the field (because of the general claims about Continental philosophy it advances). Summing Up: Essential. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty. B. T. Harding Texas Woman's University

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