Why The Term ‘Continental Philosophy’ Is An Insult

Rather than promoting rivalries, we should instead acknowledge language-specific traditions

One of the youngest philosophy professors in Germany, Markus Gabriel teaches in 16 languages, dreads metaphysics and thinks that the philosophy of mind needs to tighten up, and understand the problem with focusing on the English-specific term 'mind'  (in German, 'geist' has no connection to the brain). Author of ‘I Am Not A Brain’ and ‘Why The World Does Not Exist’, in the interview below, Gabriel discusses the link between Brexit, breakfast and the analytic/continental split, and how the language we speak shapes and limits our answer to what he considers philosophy's key question – what it means to be human. 

You mentioned in an interview that you find the distinction between analytic and continental philosophy ridiculous. Could you elaborate on that? 

Being from the so-called continent I was never able to understand what continental philosophy is. It always looked to me, when travelling to the US o

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Alberto Galván 27 April 2019

I'm sorry but, is this a self-interview? Since it appears to be Markus Gabriel who writes this article and the person being asked... Just wondering about it.