Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. Everything has been figured out, except how to live. One always dies too soon or too late. And yet, life is there, finished. The line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life. There is only one day left, always starting over. It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are, that is the fact. When you live alone you no longer know what it is to tell a story: the plausible disappears at the same time as the friends. You let events flow by too.Suddenly you see people appear who speak and then go away; you plunge into stories of which you can't make head or tail. You'd make a terrible witness. It is true that people who live in society have learned how to see themselves in mirrors as they appear to their friends. Luckily, I only have a few...

Dr Shaw is a lecturer in Further Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. She also offers philosophy courses at the School of Continuing Education, Lifelong learning, at the University of Liverpool. In 2015, she has completed her Doctorate in philosophy with a focus on existentialism, the equilibrium doctrine and narrative. She has worked as a teacher of English and Comparative literature and Philosophy at The American University in Cairo, Egypt where she also obtained her BA (Hons). Dr Shaw has an MA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of East Anglia where she also taught on a number of humanities subjects. Whilst working in North Wales in Further education, she gained a PGCE aimed at teaching in FE and HE sectors. Dr Shaw moved to Liverpool in 2010 where she now resides.

Interests: Existentialism, Narrative, Comparative Literature, Feminist Thought, Public Speaking, Arab Existentialism, Philosophy of Education, Art, Music, Film and Theatre, Greek Mythology, Existential counsellor and psychotherapist.


Monday, 28 February 2011

Why do Analytical Philosophers hate the Continentals?

Continental philosophers tend to use a lot of technical language, and they are not always committed to present their views as a series of premises and conclusions. Continental philosophers can be difficult to read, and with their difficult language it is sometimes easy to dismiss some texts as nonsense or as irrelevant. 

Analytical philosophers tend to think that a text should be immediately accessible, and if it is not then that is the author's fault. Continental philosophers largely hold that the truth of the matter is not always easy to express in simple language. 

As a result, some Continental philosophers turn to poetry, art, and other modes of expression to get their points across. It is also common for Continental philosophers to turn to literature when making a philosophical point.
It is sometimes said that Continental philosophy is closer to life than analytical philosophy, which rarely takes into account culture, history, and the individual who finds himself apart of it.
So I guess after various letters and emails of rejection, people shaking their heads, rolling their eyes...
I finally solved my philosophical dilemma and figured it out...

I am a Continental Philosopher! 

Some Iconic Continental Philosopher:

G cont.


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