In discussing the division between analytic and continental philosophy, one should never forget the issues of institutional power that are at play — such as Brian Leiter’s consistent claim that the “best” continental schools are those where it is pursued within an analytic framework while those that are more identified with the continental tradition are ignored. Yet on the day-to-day level of intellectual practice, it seems to me that the divide would be less of a big deal if we could replace this:
- Oh my God, I can’t believe you don’t know this figure/body of work that renders your entire project redunant! The analytic/continental blinders strike again!
- That’s an interesting project — have you looked at X? Here’s a specific piece of writing that doesn’t require a lot of technical background that can help you discern whether X is relevant to what you’re trying to work through.