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p. 987. French philosophy today

competing ambitionslocked

p. 987. French philosophy today

competing ambitionslocked

  • Stephen Gaukroger
  •  and Knox Peden

Abstract

Following the 1968 protests, the once-popular Marxism of Althusser declined in relevance. ‘French philosophy today: competing ambitions’ looks at the careers of Althusser’s pupils and successors. Much of twentieth-century French philosophy was a reckoning with phenomenology, which itself had risen as an alternative to existentialism. Some writers worried that phenomenology, as interpreted by Michael Henry and Emmanuel Levinas, was taking an overly theological turn. French philosophers were ready to move on from the Revolution, but ideas about who conferred power in the absence of a religious authority were as relevant as ever and harked back to the ongoing dialogue between philosophy and Christianity.

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