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Continental Philosophy and Hegelian Idealism

Write an analytical essay in which you describe the historical development of Continental philosophy's existentialism and phenomenology as a response to Hegelian idealism. Pay special attention to the key contributors and principle issues of the time.

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Your tentative outline might be something to the effect:

I. Introduction (and 1/4 - 1/2 page; introduce topic and write a purpose statement... The purpose of this paper is to describe the historical development of continental philosophy, mainly existentialism and phenomenology, as a response to Hegelian idealism. Specifically, ... and so on).

II. Continental philosophy
a. History: In reaction to Hegelian idealism (about ½ page)
b. Existentialism (3/4 - I page)
c. Phenomenology (3/4 - 1 page)

III. Conclusion (tie up main points in several sentences)1. Write a 700-minimum word analytical essay in which you describe the historical development of Continental philosophy's existentialism and phenomenology as a response to Hegelian idealism. Pay special attention to the key contributors and principle issues of the time.

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Continental philosophy is a cluster of 20th-century European philosophical movements that view themselves as continuing the legacy of Hegel, Husserl, and Heidegger and include phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, structuralism, and deconstructionism, especially as contrasted with analytic philosophy. http://www.answers.com/topic/continental-philosophy

The theological and metaphysics aspects of "truth" were always important to philosophers. Then came the industrial Revolution and a shift towards Analytical philosophy: searching for truth without considering the transcendent i.e. God. http://www.tameri.com/csw/exist/ Continental philosophy might be viewed as a reaction to the analytical scientific approach. This is not to claim that phenomenology and existialism are not concerned about groups and social philosophy, but there is a clear belief that the individual can define the self. Continental philosophy adheres to the important of the individual, in contrast to analytical philosophers focus on groups and social interactions. The purpose of this paper is to...

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Hegelian Idealism

For G.W.F. Hegel, phenomenology is an approach to philosophy that begins with an exploration of phenomena (what presents itself to us in conscious experience) as a means to finally grasp the absolute, logical, ontological and metaphysical Spirit ...

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In regards to writing an analytical essay, this solution describes the historical development of continental philosophy's existentialism and phenomenology as a response to Hegelian idealism. It also pays special attention to the key contributors and principle issues of the time.

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