The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy

The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy

The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy

The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy


The first ever dictionary of continental philosophy to be published. With over 450 clearly written definitions and articles by an international team of specialists, this authoritative dictionary covers the thinkers, topics and technical terms associated with the many fields known as 'continental' philosophy'. Special care has been taken to explain the complex terminology of many continental thinkers. Researchers, students and professional philosophers alike will find the dictionary an invaluable reference tool. Key features include:
• in-depth entries on major figures and topics
• over 190 shorter articles on other figures and topics
• over 250 items on technical terms used by continental thinkers, from abjection [Kristeva] to worldhood [Heidegger]
• coverage of related subjects that use continental terms and methods
• extensive cross-referencing, allowing readers to relate and pursue ideas in depth.

Entries include: Major Figures and Topics: Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Hegel, Heidegger, Husserl, Irigaray, Kant, Nietzsche Epistemology, Feminism, German Idealism, Marxism, Phenomenology, Poststructuralism, Time, etc. Other figures and topics covered include: Adorno, Althusser, Arendt, Badiou, Barthes, Bergson, Butler, Haraway, Habermas, Kristeva, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Schelling, Schiller, Weber, Weil, Wittgenstein, Zizek, etc;African Philosophy, Cognitive Science, Death, Ecocriticism, Embodiment, Environmental Philosophy, Modernity, Philosophy of Nature, Neo Thomism, Postcolonial Theory, Psychology, Race Theory, Sex / sexuality, Space, Speech Act Theory, Structuralism, Subject, 'Young Hegelians', etc.


The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy (EECP) has found a home among the leading reference works of various formats (‘Readers’, ‘Companions’, ‘Histories’) now available for readers interested in continental philosophy. These works, consisting of large essays (5–10,000 words) on major figures, movements and topics in the field, serve certain purposes very well, but cannot serve all the needs of readers interested in help with continental philosophy, in particular those new to the field. Limited by the very size of the entries to a restricted number of subject headings, these works are not as nimble or user-friendly as they could be for quick orientation and as guides for further study. For instance, a reader wanting a quick orientation on a particular term used in continental circles (for example, ‘difference’) must be able to associate that term with a particular author and then wade through a long essay hoping for a discussion of it. and while that discussion may provide cross-references to uses of the term in other philosophers, it may again not do so. With the Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy (edcp) we aim then to complement the eecp by providing brief entries on a much wider range of subject headings. Along with explicit cross-references, these mini-orientations will enable readers to quickly and accurately target their subsequent research in the eecp and other resources.

Working definition of ‘continental philosophy’

‘Continental philosophy’ has always been an exceedingly difficult term to define. in fact, it may even be impossible to define. After all, Nietzsche tells us in On the Genealogy of Morals that ‘only that which is without history can be defined’, and not only does continental philosophy have a history, but most – although perhaps not all – of . . .

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