Continental Philosophy

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Continental philosophy is a term created to describe the philosophical traditions that were influenced by many 19th and 20th century philosophers (2007). To better understand this we will look at continental philosophy and its development. We will do this by looking at Hegelian idealism. In response to Hegel’s view that the world is organized Existentialism and Phenomenology came about.

To understand Hegelian idealism we much look at Georg Hegel (1770-1831). Hegel lived during a time when everything was well organized. Hegel view was that the objective world is an unfolding or expression of infinite thought, and the individual mind in the vehicle of infinite thought reflecting on itself (2005). During his time this would make good since when everything being organized things would make more since. By using your thought the individual mind would find the answer with in itself. By thinking this way you can find the absolute in each answer.

To me Hegel believed everything to make since within thought. So how does this compare to Existentialism?Existentialism came about in a time were thing were not what they seemed. In contrast to Hegelian idealism, Existentialism said that the world is not organized. In this time countries were at war and people were trying to understand the world. Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) looked at Hegel’s theory as if it was not possible. Kierkegaard believed in the abstract of unreality to understand the times. Kierkegaard said the visible world was irrational, so you can turn to the invisible for support. To me this was a way for Kierkegaard to get away from the pain around them. By turning to the invisible for support he could find happiness in a time of despair. Kierkegaard unlike Hegel looked at the irrationality of the world which was the opposition to Hegel’s thought of utter...