Analytic and Continental Philosophy: Compare and Contrast

Course details

From £77.50

Sat 18 May 2019 - Sun 19 May 2019
3.00pm Saturday - 2.00pm Sunday

Analytic and Continental Philosophy: Compare and Contrast


In the western world philosophy tends to divide into two ‘schools’ – the analytic school and the continental school. Although some people successfully straddle the two schools, most philosophers tend to work in either one or the other. During this weekend we will compare and contrast these two schools. We will look at the history and development of each school, and problems that each of them face. There will be plenty of time to socialise and to talk to the speakers.


Programme details


2.45pm           Course Registration

3.00pm           Continental Philosophy the importance of history and


                        YVONNE SHERRATT

4.30pm           Tea / coffee

5.00pm           What is Analytic philosophy?

                        MICHAEL BEANEY

6.30pm           Break / bar open

7.00pm           Dinner

8.15pm-          Continental philosophy and the role of politics and

9.30pm           criticism

                       YVONNE SHERRATT      

SUNDAY 19 MAY 2019

8.15am           Breakfast (residents only)

9.30am           Philosophical analysis and conceptual creativity

                       MICHAEL BEANEY                                            

10.45am         Coffee / tea

11.15am          Q & A

                       Questions directed by MARIANNE TALBOT

12.30pm         Break / bar open

1.00pm           Lunch

2.00pm           Course disperses


Recommended reading

Suggested Reading:

Beaney, Michael, ‘What is Analytic Philosophy?’, in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2013), online: 

____, ‘The Historiography of Analytic Philosophy’ in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2013), online:

____, ‘The Analytic Revolution’, in A. O’Hear, (ed.), The History of Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp. 227–49; online (including ppt slides of original talk):;

original talk on YouTube:

 ____, Analytic Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Glock, Hans-Johann, What is Analytic Philosophy? (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Solomon, R.C. and Sherman, D. (eds), The Blackwell Guide to Continental Philosophy

Glendinning, S., The Idea of Continental Philosophy: A Philosophical Chronicle

Schrift, A.D., The History of Continental Philosophy

Babich, B., On the Analytic-Continental Divide in Philosophy

Appignanesi, R., Introducing Existentialism (3rd ed., 2006)

Yvonne Sherratt, Continental Philosophy of Social Science (Cambridge, 2005)

Hans- Georg Gadamer, Truth and Method (2nd ed., London, 1989), pp.265-307.

Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, trans. Maudemarie Clark and Alan Swensen (Indianapolis, 1998), Preface and First Treatise.

Michel Foucault, `Nietzsche, Genealogy, History’ in Essential Works, volume 2 (Harmondsworth, 1998).

Michel Foucault, Truth and Power, in Power/Knowedge ed. Colin Gordon, Harvester, Wheatsheaf.

Quentin Skinner (ed) The Return of Grand Theory in the Human Sciences (Cambridge, 1985)

Andrew Bowie, German Philosophy, A Very Short Introduction, OUP.

Georgia Warnke, Gadamer: Hermeneutics, Tradition and Reason (Stanford, 1987)

David Held, Introduction to Critical Theory (Berkeley, 1980)



Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Saturday night only.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.

All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.



Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £77.50
Baguette Sunday: £4.90
Dinner Saturday evening: £20.00
Single B&B Saturday Night: £79.20
Single Room Only Saturday Night : £68.00
Sunday Lunch: £14.00
Twin/Double Room (2 sharing) B&B Saturday night: £112.40
Twin/Double Room Only (2 sharing) Saturday Night: £90.00


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses




Professor Michael Beaney


Michael Beaney, is Professor of the History of Analytic Philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin and Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London. He is the author of Frege: Making Sense (1996), Imagination and Creativity (2005), and Analytic Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, forthcoming). He is editor of The Frege Reader (1997), Gottlob Frege: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers (with Erich Reck; 4 vols., 2005), The Analytic Turn (2007), and The Oxford Handbook of the History of Analytic Philosophy (2013). He is also editor of the British Journal for the History of Philosophy and general editor of a series on the history of analytic philosophy published by Palgrave Macmillan. His research interests include creativity in mathematics, logic and philosophy, the relationship between analysis and creativity, as well as the history of analytic philosophy generally.

Dr Yvonne Sherratt


Yvonne Sherratt has an Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral degree from Cambridge University. She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge before becoming a postgraduate at King’s College, Cambridge and then went on to win a prize research fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, which she held for three years. She has taught at a number of universities including Cambridge and New College, Oxford before coming to Bristol. She is the author of three book length monographs by international presses including Hitler’s Philosophers (Yale University Press, 2013), Continental Philosophy of Social Science (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Adorno's Positive Dialectic (Cambridge University Press, 2002). She has published widely in peer reviewed journals and also has an interest in public dissemination of knowledge.

Ms Marianne Talbot

Director of Studies


Marianne Talbot took her first degree at London University, then her B.Phil at Oxford (Corpus Christi College). She has taught for the colleges of Oxford University for 30 years (1987 – 1990 at Pembroke College, 1991 – 2000 at Brasenose College). She has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at OUDCE since 2001. She is the author of Bioethics: An Introduction, and Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic. Marianne’s podcasts have been hugely popular. Two of them have been global number one on iTunesU. One of these (The Nature of Arguments) has been downloaded 7 million times.