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Continental/Analytic Divide in Philosophy of Education

In the view of many scholars, the Western philosophical tradition, with its long history going back to the days of ancient Greece, ceased to be “a” tradition—that is, a single tradition—shortly after the lifetime of Immanuel Kant (1724–1804). According to this account, about then two different pathways were pursued, each group of philosophers adopting quite different writing and argumentative styles, and each seemingly focusing on different philosophical problems. Furthermore, these two traditions were geographically isolated (at least in the early days), one flourishing on the European continent and the other in the English-speaking world. The two traditions came to be known as “Continental philosophy” and “analytic philosophy” (or “Anglo-American analytic philosophy”), respectively; and the gulf between them, marked by indifference if not disdain, together ...

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