2020-04Thematic Section
The Two Cultures in Philosophy


In this paper I revisit the debate concerning the distinction, which is sometimes made between “analytic” and “continental” philosophy. I look at the historical context in which the distinction came to prominence in the twentieth century, the reasons why it subsequently declined in popularity, and eventually had begun to be undermined. I argue that the distinction possesses intuitive content, which the recent attempts at exposing it as conceptually flawed fail to account for. I suggest that the intuitive content of the distinction provides us with resources to usefully define two different ways philosophical reflection has been approached during the course of the twentieth century. I conclude by suggesting that we can bring these two ways of approaching philosophy into focus by appealing to the idea of philosophical temperament.


analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, temperament, philosophical culture, dialogue, conflict

How to cite:

Sławkowski-Rode, Mikołaj. “The Two Cultures in Philosophy.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 4, no. 4 (2020): 105-122. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2020.0043.


Mikołaj Sławkowski-Rode
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland


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