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The birth of analytic philosophy almost 100 years ago led to a profound split within western philosophy. But what actually distinguishes the continental and analytic traditions, and can we ever hope to bridge the gap between Anglophone and Germanophobe philosophy?

Twentieth century western philosophy?s most notorious divide?between analytic and continental philosophy?will soon be 100 years old. At the turn of the century, Gottlob Frege and Bertrand Russell founded mathematical logic, initiating a new style of philosophy which no longer proceeded through grand syntheses as in Hegel, but through piecemeal logical analysis. Today, analytic philosophy predominates in the English-speaking world. Although its practitioners are preoccupied by many of the traditional problems of philosophy, their approach is informed by logic and natural science. Even when they tackle ethical or political issues, they tend to do so in a technical style, without much…

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