Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 194)


Phenomenology and analytic philosophy have skirmished often, but seldom in ways conducive to dialectical progress. Generally, the skirmishes seem more “political” than philosophical, as when one side ridicules the methods of the other or criticizes the viability of the other’s issues and assumptions. Analytic interest in third person objectivity is often spurned by Continental philosophers as being unduly abstract. Continental interest in first person subjectivity is often criticized by analysts as being muddled and imprecise. Logical analysis confronts the power of metaphor and judges it “too ambiguous” for rigorous philosophical activity. The language of metaphor confronts the power of logical analysis and deems it “too restrictive” for describing the nature and structures of authentic human experience. But are the two approaches really incompatible?


Logical Analysis Analytic Philosopher Holistic Character Analytic Interest Inductive Mode 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Copyright information

© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyPlymouth State College (USNH)USA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyCalifornia State UniversityStanislausUSA

Personalised recommendations