The Routledge companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy

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About the Book

The twentieth century was one of the most significant and exciting periods ever witnessed in philosophy, characterized by intellectual change and development on a massive scale. The Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy is an outstanding authoritative survey and assessment of the century as a whole. Featuring twenty-two chapters written by leading international scholars, this collection is divided into five clear parts and presents a comprehensive picture of the period for the first time:

  • major themes and movements
  • logic, language, knowledge and metaphysics
  • philosophy of mind, psychology and science
  • phenomenology, hermeneutics, existentialism, and critical theory
  • politics, ethics, aesthetics.

Featuring annotated further reading and a comprehensive glossary, The Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy is indispensable for anyone interested in philosophy over the last one hundred years, suitable for both expert and novice alike.


Dermot Moran, Michael Potter, Hans-Johann Glock, Terry Pinkard, Robert Hanna, James O’Shea, Geert Keil, Andrea Nye, Mark Sainsbury, Jason Stanley, E. J. Lowe, Matthias Steup, Sarah Patterson, Kelby Mason, Chandra Sekhar Sripada, Stephen Stich, Stathis Psillos, Dan Zahavi, Nicholas Davey, Karl-Otto Apel, Axel Honneth, Gary Gutting, Rowland Stout, Matt Matravers, Paul Guyer


‘To describe this volume as ambitious would be a serious understatement. The authors of the introduction and 22 majestic essays on the many themes, movements, and sub-disciplines of 20th century philosophy must have been counselled to make their essays (1) comprehensive, (2) written plainly enough to be accessible to intelligent beginners, and (3) full of scholarly rigor, including detailed notes and bibliographies of interest to professional philosophers. … Summing up: Essential.’CHOICE

‘It is hard to imagine a more useful, comprehensive or distinguished collection of essays on Western philosophy in the twentieth century. For anyone looking for an authoritative overview of the current state of the subject and its recent history this is where to find it.’ – Quassim Cassam, University of Cambridge, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction: Towards an Assessment of Twentieth-Century Philosophy Dermot Moran Part 1: Major Themes and Movements 1. The Birth of Analytic Philosophy Michael Potter 2. The Development of Analytic Philosophy: Wittgenstein and After Hans-Johann Glock 3. Hegelianism in the Twentieth Century Terry Pinkard 4. Kant in the Twentieth Century Robert Hanna 5. American Philosophy in the Twentieth Century James O’Shea 6. Naturalism Geert Keil 7. Feminism in Philosophy Andrea Nye Part 2: Logic, Language, Knowledge and Metaphysics 8. Philosophical Logic Mark Sainsbury 9. Philosophy of Language Jason Stanley 10. Metaphysics E J Lowe 11. Epistemology in the Twentieth Century Matthias Steup Part 3: Philosophy of Mind, Psychology and Science 12. Philosophy of Mind Sarah Patterson 13. Philosophy of Psychology Kelby Mason, Chandra Sekhar Sripada, Stephen Stich 14. Philosophy of Science Stathis Psillos Part 4: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Existentialism, and Critical Theory 15. Phenomenology Dan Zahavi 16. Twentieth-Century Hermeneutics Nicholas Davey 17. German Philosophy Karl-Otto Apel 18. Critical Theory Axel Honneth 19. French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century Gary Gutting Part 5: Politics, Ethics, Aesthetics 20. Twentieth-Century Moral Philosophy Rowland Stout 21. Twentieth-Century Political Philosophy Matt Matravers 22. Twentieth-Century Aesthetics Paul Guyer


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