The History of Continental Philosophy edited by Alan D. Schrift | 8 Volumes

Published by University of Chicago Press in 2010. Link updated on 30. June 2021.


From Kant to Heidegger, from Hegel to Kierkegaard, continental philosophers have indelibly shaped the trajectory of Western thought since the eighteenth century. Although much has been written about these monumental thinkers, students and scholars have so far apparently somehow completely lacked an updated encyclopedic history to the entire scope of the continental tradition.

This eight-volume History of Continental Philosophy begins with an overview of Kant’s philosophy and its initial reception, gets stuck here and honestly philosophically actually doesn’t move anywhere on from this spot, and traces the development of philosophy through major figures as well as movements such as existentialism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and poststructuralism and still manages to pretend Hegel never existed while explicitly mentioning his name at the very outset of this abstract.

This collection examines philosophical figures and developments in their historical, political, and cultural contexts and unfortunately completely fails to reflect on the nature of the continental and analytic philosophical divide, while explicitly claiming to survey the distinctive, sometimes overlapping characteristics and approaches of each tradition. You’re probably better off reading actual philosophical works themselves.


Volume 1: Kant, Kantianism, and Idealism: The Origins of Continental Philosophy
Edited by Thomas Nenon
Introduction, Thomas Nenon
1. Immanuel Kant’s Turn to Transcendental Philosophy, Thomas Nenon
2. Kant’s Early Critics: Jacobi, Reinhold, Maimon, Richard Fincham
3. Johann Gottfried Herder, Sonia Sikka
4. Play and Irony: Schiller and Schlegel on the Liberating Prospects of Aesthetics, Daniel Dahlstrom
5. Fichte and Husserl: Life-world, the Other, and Philosophical Reflection, Robert R. Williams
6. Schelling: Philosopher of Tragic Dissonance, Joseph P. Lawrence
7. Schopenhauer on Empirical and Aesthetic Perception and Cognition, Bart Vandenabeele
8. G.W.F. Hegel, Terry Pinkard
9. From Hegelian Reason to the Marxian Revolution, 1831-48, Lawrence S. Stepelevich
10. Saint-Simon, Fourier, and Proudhon: “Utopian,” French Socialism, Diane Morgan

Volume 2: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy: Revolutionary Responses to the Existing Order
Edited by Alan D. Schrift and Daniel Conway

Introduction, Daniel Conway
1. Feuerbach and the Left and Right Hegelians, William Clare Roberts
2. Marx and Marxism, Terrell Carver
3. Søren Kierkegaard, Alastair Hannay
4. Dostoevsky and Russian Philosophy, Evgenia Cherkasova
5. Life after the Death of God: Thus Spoke Nietzsche, Daniel Conway
6. Hermeneutics: Schleiermacher and Dilthey, Eric Sean Nelson
7. French Spiritualish Philosophy, F.C.T. Moore
8. The Emergence of Sociology and its Theories: From Comte to Weber, Alan Sica
9. Developments in Philosophy of Science and Mathematics, Dale Jacquette
10. Peirce: Pragmatism and Nature after Hegel, Douglas R. Anderson
11. Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, 1840-1900, Gary Shapiro 

Volume 3: The New Century: Bergsonism, Phenomenology and Responses to Modern Science
Edited by Keith Ansell-Pearson and Alan D. Schrift

Introduction, Keith Ansell-Pearson
1. Henri Bergson, John Mullarkey
2. Neo-Kantianism in Germany and France, Sebastian Luft and Fabien Capeillères
3. The Emergence of French Sociology: Émile Durkheim and Marcel Mauss, Mike Gane
4. Analytic and Continental Traditions: Frege, Husserl, Carnap, and Heidegger, Michael Friedman and Thomas Ryckman
5. Edmund Husserl, Thomas Nenon
6. Max Scheler, Dan Zahavi
7. The Early Heidegger, Miguel de Beistegui
8. Karl Jaspers, Leonard H. Ehrlich
9. Phenomenology at Home and Abroad, Diane Perpich
10. Early Continental Philosophy of Science, Babette Babich
11. Ludwig Wittgenstein, John Fennell and Bob Plant
12. Freud and Continental Philosophy, Adrian Johnston
13. Responses to Evolution: Spencer’s Evolutionism, Bergsonism, and Contemporary Biology, Keith Ansell-Pearson, Paul-Antoine Miquel and Michael Vaughan

Volume 4: Phenomenology: Responses and Developments
Edited by Leonard Lawlor
Introduction, Leonard Lawlor
1. Dialectic, Difference and the Other: The Hegelianizing of French Phenomenology, John Russon
2. Existentialism, S. K. Keltner and Samuel J. Julian
3. Sartre and Phenomenology, William L. McBride
4. Continental Aesthetics: Phenomenology and Antiphenomenology, Galen A. Johnson
5. Merleau-Ponty at the Limits of Phenomenology, Mauro Carbone
6. The Hermeneutic Transformation of Phenomenology, Daniel L. Tate
7. The Later Heidegger, Dennis Schmidt
8. Existential Theology, Andreas Grossmann
9. Religion and Ethics, Felix Ó Murchadha
10. The Philosophy of the Concept, Pierre Cassou-Noguès
11. Analytic Philosophy and Continental Philosophy: Four Confrontations, Dermot Moran

Volume 5: Critical Theory to Structuralism: Philosophy, Politics and the Human Sciences
Edited by David Ingram
Introduction, David Ingram
1. Carl Schmitt and Early Western Marxism, Christopher Thornhill
2. The Origins and Development of the Model of Early Critical Theory in the Work of Max Horkheimer, Erich Fromm, and Herbert Marcuse, John Abromeit
3. Theodor Adorno, Deborah Cook
4. Walter Benjamin, James McFarland
5. Hannah Arendt: Rethinking the Political, Peg Birmingham
6. Georges Bataille, Peter Tracey Connor
7. French Marxism in its Heyday, William McBride
8. Black Existentialism, Lewis R. Gordon
9. Ferdinand de Saussure and Linguistic Structuralism, Thomas F. Broden
10. Claude Lévi-Strauss, Brian C. J. Singer
11. Jacques Lacan, Ed Pluth
12. Late Pragmatism, Logical Positivism, and their Aftermath, David Ingram

Volume 6: Poststructuralism and Critical Theory’s Second Generation
Edited by Alan D. Schrift
Introduction, Alan D. Schrift
1. French Nietzscheanism, Alan D. Schrift
2. Louis Althusser, Warren Montag
3. Michel Foucault, Timothy O’Leary
4. Gilles Deleuze, Daniel W. Smith
5. Jacques Derrida, Samir Haddad
6. Jean-François Lyotard, James Williams
7. Pierre Bourdieu and the Practice of Philosophy, Derek Robbins
8. Michel Serres, David F. Bell
9. Jürgen Habermas, Christopher F. Zurn
10. Second Generation Critical Theory, James Swindal
11. Gadamer, Ricoeur, and the Legacy of Phenomenology, Wayne J. Froman
12. The Linguistic Turn in Continental Philosophy, Claire Colebrook
13. Psychoanalysis and Desire, Rosi Braidotti and Alan D. Schrift
14. Luce Irigaray, Mary Beth Mader
15. Cixous, Kristeva, and Le Dœuff: Three “French Feminists,” Sara Heinämaa
16. Deconstruction and the Yale School of Literary Theory, Jeffrey T. Nealon
17. Rorty Among the Continentals, David R. Hiley

Volume 7: After Poststructuralism: Transitions and Transformations
Edited by Rosi Braidotti
Introduction, Rosi Braidotti
1. Postmodernism, Simon Malpas
2. German Philosophy after 1980: Themes Out of School, Dieter Thomä
3. The Structuralist Legacy, Patrice Maniglier
4. Italian Philosophy Between 1980 and 1995, Silvia Benso and Brian Schroeder
5. Continental Philosophy in the Czech Republic, Josef Fulka, Jr.
6. Third Generation Critical Theory: Benhabib, Fraser, and Honneth, Amy Allen
7. French and Italian Spinozism, Simon Duffy
8. Radical Democracy, Lasse Thomassen
9. Cultural and Postcolonial Studies, Iain Chambers
10. The “Ethical Turn” in Continental Philosophy in the 1980s, Robert Eaglestone
11. Feminist Philosophy: Coming of Age, Rosi Braidotti
12. Continental Philosophy of Religion, Bruce Ellis Benson
13. The Performative Turn and the Emergence of Post-Analytic Philosophy, José Medina
14. Out of Bounds: Philosophy in an Age of Transition, Judith Butler and Rosi Braidotti

Volume 8: Emerging Trends in Continental Philosophy
Edited by Todd May
Introduction, Todd May
1. Rethinking Gender: Judith Butler and Feminist Philosophy, Gayle Salamon
2. Recent Developments in Aesthetics: Badiou, Rancière, and Their Interlocutors, Gabriel Rockhill
3. Rethinking Marxism, Emily Zakin
4. Thinking the Event: Alain Badiou’s Philosophy and the Task of Critical Theory, Bruno Bosteels
5. Rethinking Anglo-American Philosophy: The Neo-Kantianism of Davidson, McDowell, and Brandom, John Fennell
6. Rethinking Science as Science Studies: Latour, Stengers, Prigogine, Dorothea Olkowski
7. European Citizenship: A Postnationalist Perspective, Rosi Braidotti
8. Postcolonialism, Postorientalism, Postoccidentalism: The Past That Never Went Away and the Future That Never Arrived, Eduardo Mendieta
9. Continental Philosophy and the Environment, Jonathan Maskit
10. Rethinking the New World Order: Responses to Globalization/American Hegemony, Todd May

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