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Simon Critchley's Very Short Introduction shows that Continental philosophy encompasses a distinct set of philosophical traditions and practices, with a compelling range of problems all too often ignored by the analytic tradition. He discusses the ideas and approaches of philosophers such as Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Habermas, Foucault, and Derrida, and introduces key concepts such as existentialism, nihilism, and phenomenology by explaining their place in the Continental tradition.

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As a history of continental and analytic philosopher's bickering it's pretty good but that was not what I expected. I'd rather they just accepted the term, picked authors usually regarded to be in that school and went through their thinking.

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Excellent essay.

Simon Critchley offers a thoughtful, probing and challenging discussion of continental philosophy. His essay goes beyond an introduction, offering a historical analysis of the division of philosophy into analytic and continental branches, an interpretation of the origin of this division in the reception of Kant's Critical philosophy, and even a possible prescription for where philosophy should go from here.
My only problem with Stephen Bowlby's reading was his mispronunciation of the names of key thinkers. Otherwise, his performance was fine.

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Horrible Narration

As far as short introductions go, this one is perfectly serviceable. It outlines some of the pivotal issues of the continental tradition and brings them into conversation with the analytic tradition, while also undermining the rigidity of their division.

However, the narrator's mispronunciations of names and concepts are quite distracting, especially in French and German. It shouldn't be too difficult to find out how to pronounce certain words for a recording, and yet at times it seemed as if the narrator was just guessing wildly only to get the pronunciations epically wrong. It was so bad, it made me laugh out loud at times, for example when Heidegger's "Destruktion" was angrily growled while maintaining an English accent. The audio version of the book also makes some strange choices in relation to graphs in the text, which can lead to some confusion. I'd say get the print edition, particularly if you speak French or German.