Twentieth-Century French Philosophy

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byEric Matthews

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Since philosophy is intended to aspire to timeless, universal truths, what is so special about French twentieth-century philosophy? The focus of French philosophy upon the moral, literary, spiritual, and political have made the subject a core-element in the secondary-school curriculum, and anunderstanding of French philosophy allows for greater insight in to French literature, drama, cinema, visual arts, and politics. In this chronological survey, Eric Matthews offers some explanations for the enduring popularity of the subject and traces the developments which French philosophy has taken in the twentieth century, from it roots in the thoughts of Descartes to key figures such as Bergson, Sartre, Marcel,Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Derrida, and the recent French Feminists.

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This book offers a historical and critical account of the works of some of the major French philosophers of the twentieth century. Avoiding jargon, Eric Matthews shows how the philosophical tradition derived from Descartes has developed in the present century in the writings of key figures such as Bergson, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Foucau...

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Since philosophy is intended to aspire to timeless, universal truths, what is so special about French twentieth-century philosophy? The focus of French philosophy upon the moral, literary, spiritual, and political have made the subject a core-element in the secondary-school curriculum, and anunderstanding of French philosophy allows f...

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This book offers a historical and critical account of the works of some of the major French philosophers of the Twentieth century.

Eric Matthews is Head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Aberdeen.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.63 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192892487

ISBN - 13:9780192892485

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This book offers a historical and critical account of the works of some of the major French philosophers of the twentieth century. Avoiding jargon, Eric Matthews shows how the philosophical tradition derived from Descartes has developed in the present century in the writings of key figures such as Bergson, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Derrida, and contemporary French feminists. He relates philosophy to the wider French culture, and draws parallels with English-language philosophers.

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"Gives the reader an exceptionally clear idea of the thought of...the most significant French philosophers of our time....Matthews excells at 'translating' the ideas of Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Lacan, Foucault, Derrida and others....ÝAn¨ excellent introduction Ýdistinguished¨ by Matthews's enthusiasmfor French thought and the perspicacity of his presentation."--Philosophy and Literature"This book...is a helpful introduction to twentieth-century French thought."--Teaching Philosophy"Matthew's enthusiasm for French thought and the perspicacity of his presentation are a welcome change from some of the vitriolic reactions we see nowadays."--Philosophy and Literature