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Thinking the Impossible: French Philosophy Since 1960

Gary Gutting


The late twentieth century saw a remarkable flourishing of philosophy in France. The author tells the story of the development of a distinctively French philosophy in the last four decades of the twentieth century. His aim is to arrive at an account of what it was to ‘do philosophy’ in France, what this sort of philosophizing was able to achieve, and how it differs from the analytic philosophy dominant in Anglophone countries. The initial focus is on the three most important philosophers who came to prominence in the 1960s: Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Derrida. The book sets ou ... More

Keywords: French philosophy, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Sartre, Nietzsche, ethics, phenomenology, Alain Badiou

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199227037
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227037.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Gutting, author
University of Notre Dame