French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century

Authored by: Gary Gutting

The Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy

Print publication date:  March  2008
Online publication date:  October  2008

Print ISBN: 9780415299367
eBook ISBN: 9780203879368
Adobe ISBN: 9781134424030

10.4324/9780203879368.ch19

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Abstract

French philosophy from (roughly) 1890 to 1990 is open to a number of philosophically illuminating perspectives. An instructive story can be told, for example, in terms of the problems of freedom and of consciousness.1 Here, however, I will take the relation of philosophy to science as my leitmotif, showing how French thought from Poincaré and Bergson to Foucault and Derrida can be understood in terms of opposing views of the cognitive authority of science in relation to philosophical inquiry.

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