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Thinking the ImpossibleFrench Philosophy Since 1960$
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Gary Gutting

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199227037

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227037.001.0001

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Philosophes vs Philosophers

(p.1) Introduction
Thinking the Impossible

Gary Gutting

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter addresses the distinction between philosophes and philosophers. ‘Philosophes’ is the French word for ‘philosophers’ and it refers to the intellectuals of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment; however there is a different undertone here which pertains to the disparity between American and French thinkers, as well as analytic and continental philosophy. French philosophers tend to explore extensive, historical studies, leaning towards the continental side, and they are regarded as important public scholars. That being said, this book explores the elements of French philosophy and highlights three prominent philosophers during the 1960s naming Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Derrida.

Keywords:   philosophes, philosophers, continental philosophy, analytic philosophy, French philosophy, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida

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