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Descartes to Derrida: An Introduction to European Philosophy 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0631201427
ISBN-10: 0631201424
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"If, like me, you find most philosophical commentaries on the work of such thinkers as Derrida, Deleuze and Levinas scarecely less obscure and jargon-saturated than the originals, then this is the book for you." Byron Williston, Philosophy in Review

"In general, American students find "continental" thought somewhat less accessible than its analytic counterpart. ...In light of this, such an introductory work on European thought is a welcome aid to the reading of the relevant primary sources. But the value of such a text.rests on the clarity of its own presentation. Sedgwick's writing is clear, elegant, well organised and perfectly attuned to the concerns outlined above. I cannot help but mention another perfect audience for this book: faculty, such as myself.I confess to learning an enormous amount of philosophy from Sedgwick." Patrick Mooney, John Carroll University, in the Times Higher Education Supplement <!--end-->

"This book should take a place as one of the key texts in humanities programs throughout the English-speaking world." R Shumaker, Choice, June 2002

"With a reliable lucidity, Peter Sedgwick connects central questions in contemporary continental thought - the limits of knowledge, and the question of the subject - with the traditional history of modern philosophy from Descartes to Kant. This book demonstrates beyond doubt that no student of philosophy today can claim to be educated unless they have come to terms with the issues and figures it deals with so freshly and helpfully." David Wood, Vanderbilt University

"This will be the first book I recommend to students and non-philosophers looking for a guide into European philosophy, and academic philosophers - whether 'analytic' or 'continental'- will also profit from its clear and jargon-free explications of some notoriously complicated philosophical thinkers." Alan D. Schrift, Grinnell College

"Peter Sedgwick has produced a remarkably lucid introduction to the dominant trends in European philosophy. Even the challenging projects of contemporary, postmodern philosophy are rendered accessible to an audience of non-specialists. This is a welcome, engaging resource for both students and teachers of the history of philosophy." Daniel W. Conway, Pennsylvania State University

"If ... you find most philosophical commentaries on the work of such thinkers as Derrida, Deleuze and Levinas scarecely less obscure and jargon-saturated than the originals, then this is the book for you. Peter Sedgwick has given us a remarkably lucid account of the major trends in the history of European thought, from the early seventeenth century to the late twentieth." Philosophy in Review

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An invaluable critical survey, this volume covers issues in European philosophy from Descartes to the present. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (February 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631201424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631201427
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,651,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rs on February 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book should take its place as one of the key texts in humanities' programs throughout the English speaking world for three reasons. First, Peter Sedgwick of Cardiff University (Wales) has written a book that very accurately addresses the needs of a wide audience. University teachers with little specialized training in continental philosophy can learn much from Sedgwick's dense, sophisticated arguments; students who are trying to understand either contemporary philosophy or critical theory can also use this book as a comprehensive guide to this field. Second, thematically, the book is wonderfully conceived and orchestrated: the author manages to adroitly integrate many of the literary and cultural themes of Levinas, Derrida, Lyotard, Deleuze, and Guattari into his account of the backgrounds of continental philosophy (Descartes and Kant on metaphysics and epistemology). Third, the book orchestrates themes of great interest that are often neglected in US liberal arts programs: anti-humanism, ethical and political implications of critical theory, and the nature of philosophical language. Sedgwick writes with considerable lucidity: he explains sophisticated ideas of great complexity about as clearly as possible. The book has an outstanding "Further Reading" section.
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