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December 18, 2011

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Ricardo Napoli

A very clear approach to the false distinction to the History of Philosophy. The idea that the distinction Analytic/Continental could be more sociological than really a Philosophical one sounds very plausible, than as Brian said it depends on the position assumed for the speaking philosopher in nominating the other so called tradition.
Bernard Williams and Frege are good examples to question that distinction.
Williams, on one side, has been educated in the analytic Philosophy, but had a very reach reception of Descartes, Nietzsche and some others known as "Continental" philosophers. Frege, on the other side, had a great influence on the establishment of the "analytic philosophy", but was born and educated in Germany. So, I tend really to accept Brian's idea that there is no sense to keep the distinction.

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