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Single Idea 7075

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

Full Idea

Against the Kantian division of a priori and empirical, Fichte offered activity of the subject, Schelling offered natural force, Hegel offered Spirit, Schopenhauer the Will, Nietzsche power, Marx praxis, Freud the unconscious, and Heidegger offered Being.


'Praxis' is the priority of action over theory

Gist of Idea

To meet the division in our life, try the Subject, Nature, Spirit, Will, Power, Praxis, Unconscious, or Being


Simon Critchley (Continental Philosophy - V. Short Intro [2001])

Book Reference

Critchley,Simon: 'Continental Philosophy - Very Short Intro' [OUP 2001], p.31

A Reaction

The whole of Continental Philosophy summarised in a sentence. Fichte and Schopenhauer seem to point to existentialism, Schelling gives evolutionary teleology, Marx abandons philosophy, the others are up the creek.