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Single Idea 6837

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / H. Continental Philosophy / 1. Continental Philosophy]

Full Idea

In continental philosophy from Hegel onwards, systematic philosophical questions have to be linked to socio-historical enquiry, and the distinctions between philosophy, history and society begin to fall apart.

Gist of Idea

Since Hegel, continental philosophy has been linked with social and historical enquiry.


Simon Critchley (Interview with Baggini and Stangroom [2001], p.188)

Book Reference

Baggini,J/Stangroom,J: 'New British Philosophy' [Routledge 2002], p.188

A Reaction

I have a strong sales resistance to this view of philosophy, just as I would if it was said about mathematics. It seems to imply a bogus view that history exhibits direction and purpose (the 'Whig' view). There are pure reasons among the prejudices.