Encounters between Analytic and Continental Philosophy  

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Encounters between Analytic and Continental Philosophy (2013) is a book by Andreas Vrahimis.

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"Twentieth-century philosophy has often been pictured as divided into two camps, analytic and continental. Encounters between Analytic and Continental Philosophy challenges this depiction by examining encounters between some of the leading representatives of either side. Starting with Husserl and Frege's fin-de-siècle turn against psychologism, it turns to Carnap's 1931 attack on Heidegger's metaphysics (together with its background in the Cassirer-Heidegger dispute of 1929), moving on to Ayer's 1951 meeting with Bataille and Merleau-Ponty at a Parisian bar, followed by the 'dialogue of the deaf' between Oxford linguistic philosophers and phenomenologists at the 1951 Royaumont colloquium, leading up to the Derrida-Searle controversy. Careful study shows that it is implausible to assume the existence of a century-old 'gulf' between two sides of philosophy. Vrahimis argues that miscommunication and ignorance over the exact content of the above encounters must to a large extent be held accountable for any perceived gap."


1. A pornographer, a phenomenologist, and a logical positivist walk into a bar
"Georges Bataille, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Alfred Jules Ayer walk into a bar.’ This may at first appear to be the opening line of a joke. But Georges Bataille records in his lecture ‘Les conséquences du non-savoir’ (delivered on the day following the event in question) that a meeting between these three philosophers took place on 11 January, 1951, in a Parisian bar. This was preceded by a (hitherto unpublished) lecture presented by Ayer titled ‘The Idea of Truth and Contemporary Logic’. Among the audience of the lecture were Bataille himself, Merleau-Ponty, as well as the physicist Georges Ambrosino and the philosopher Jean Wahl. 1 Bataille reports having met Ayer, presumably at the bar while having a drink following the lecture, and having sustained, through ‘reciprocal interest’ (1986, p. 80), a conversation that continued until three o’ clock in the morning. According to Bataille, Merleau-Ponty and Ambrosino had also taken part in the conversation."

See also

La Philosophie Analytique, a philosophical symposium held at the Royaumont Abbey in France in 1958 which attempted to reconcile analytic and continental philosophy.

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