Philosophy Index

Continental Philosophy

Continental philosophy is the tradition of philosophy associated with mainland (or continental) Europe during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The term is usually used to differentiate between these loosely-grouped schools of thought and analytic philosophy, which consists of the twentieth-century response to continental ideas by philosophers in the United Kingdom and North America.

Continental philosophy is a broad term that encompasses many schools of thought which are, in some cases, in opposition to each other. Although some common themes can be found across most philosophical works deemed “continental”, it can be difficult to determine what should be counted in. In general, continental philosophy is more speculative than analytic philosophy, with less focus on science and formal logic.

Existentialism, phenomenology and German idealism are among the common aspects of continental philosophy.