- Simon Critchley
‘Origins of Continental Philosophy: How to get from Kant to German Idealism’ considers the historical development of Continental philosophy, beginning by distinguishing it from analytic philosophy. It explains that the problematic of Continental philosophy arose out of criticisms of Kant and must be understood in this context. The other issue that determines the course of Continental philosophy is the atheist conflict, which began in 1798. There is a path in the Continental tradition from the critique of Kant in Hamann and Jacobi, through to the religious and, indeed, irreligious anti-rationalism of Kierkegaard, Stirner, and Dostoevsky through to the post-war French existentialism of Sartre and Camus.