X: I would like to disbelieve in a God who, if existed, would tolerate my disbelief.


Anonymous said…
Dear Awais,

I am a regular visitor to your blog. I need to know the distinction between analytic and continental philosophy as a part of my course. can you kindly post it.

hope i am not wating your time.

big time fan.
Mayhem said…
Something I have been feeling since the last few months.
Awais said…
@ big time fan

Analytic and continental philosophy are two broad trends seen in 20th century philosophy, analytic philosophy dominating in the English speaking world (UK, USA, developed by Russell, Wittgenstein and the Logical Positivists) while continental philosophy dominating in the mainland Europe, countries like Germany and France, and movements like Idealism, Existentialism and Postmodernism.

In a way, these are two styles of philosophy, with no well-defined distinction. Analytic philosophy places emphasis on logical clarification of thoughts, analysis of language, and rejection of sweeping metaphysical systems.
Continental philosophy presents a metaphysics of its own (like existential ontology) and methods like phenomenology, attempts to deal with issues of human existence and 'being', declares the scientific method to be incomplete and unsatisfactory in explaining the universe, and brings in elements of culture and history.