The Beginnings of French Phenomenology
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At first sight the advent of German phenomenology in France and its growing success contain more than one paradox. Who would have dared to predict that soon after the First World War a philosophy with some of the worst earmarks of German style would take root in France? And who would have believed that it would become the dominant philosophy there in the wake of a second World War which all but destroyed the political existence of France? This is not the place to explain this cultural paradox. The fact that the arrival of phenomenology coincided roughly with the period of the so-called Locarno spirit, and that it established itself partly as a refugee from the Nazi purge, is hardly enough to account for its sweeping success. Perhaps this migration is one of the more hopeful signs of a growing continental solidarity and of a decline of philosophical nationalism.
KeywordsDialectical Materialism Late Twenty Husserlian Phenomenology Phenomenological Movement Existentialist Thought
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