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CREMASCHI, Sergio. On continental and analytic philosophies. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 25, n. 2, p. 51–79, 2016. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 maio. 2024.


I discuss the way in which the cleavage between the Continental and the Anglo-American philosophies originated, the (self-) images of both philosophical worlds, the converging rediscoveries from the Seventies, as well as recent ecumenical or anti-ecumenical strategies. I argue that pragmatism provides an important counterinstance to both the familiar self-images and to fashionable ecumenical or antiecumenical strategies. My conclusions are: (i) Continental philosophy does not exist; (ii) less obviously, also analytic philosophy does not exist, or does not exist any longer as a current or a paradigm; what does exist is, on the one hand, philosophy of language and, on the other, philosophy of mind, that is, two disciplines; (iii) the dissolution of analytic philosophy as a school has been extremely fruitful, precisely in so far as it has left room for disciplines and research programmes; (iv) what is left, of the AngloAmerican/Continental cleavage is primarily differences in styles, depending partly on intellectual traditions, partly owing to sociology, history, institutional frameworks; these differences should not be blurred by rash ecumenical; besides, theoretical differences are alive as ever, but within both camps; finally, there is indeed a lag (not a difference) in the appropriation of intellectual techniques by most schools of ‘Continental’ philosophy, and this should be overcome through appropriation of what the best ‘analytic’ philosophers have produced.


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