Friday, March 09, 2007

A Hasty Generalization

I had a thought the other day . . .

The distinction between the Analytic and Continental schools of philosophy is a little like the difference between the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. (For the sake of argument, I'm going to count the Gospels as part of the "Old Testament.") Both convey meaning and truth, but in different ways or genres. The Hebrew texts utilize narrative and poetry, while the Greek epistles are didactic and propositional. Just as both the "old" and new testaments are indispensible in the full revelation of God and his works, so are both kinds of philosophy, with one caveat. Continental philosophy is often vacuous. So, in as much as it means anything at all, it is important. That being said, to be fair, I must say that Analytic philosophy is often boring and pedantic.



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