David Wood is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy and Professor of European Studies and Art at Vanderbilt University where he teaches continental and environmental philosophy. He is the author and editor of many books, including The Deconstruction of Time (Humanities, 1988; Northwestern University Press, 2001), Thinking after Heidegger (Blackwell, 2002), Truth: A Reader (with Jose Medina, Blackwell, 2005), Time after Time (Indiana University Press, 2007), and The Step Back: Ethics and Politics after Deconstruction (SUNY, 2005). He is also an earth and conceptual artist; his most recent work “IntraTerrestrials: Landing Sites” is accessible at http://www.reoccupyearth.org.
CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY: BACK TO THE FUTURE
Article first published online: 5 JUN 2012
© 2012 The University of Memphis
The Southern Journal of Philosophy
Volume 50, Issue 2, pages 206–219, June 2012
How to Cite
WOOD, D. (2012), CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY: BACK TO THE FUTURE. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 50: 206–219. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2012.00097.x
- Issue published online: 5 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 5 JUN 2012
In its many interwoven traditions, continental philosophy has a distinctive focus on what escapes the concept—experience, change, agency, responsibility, the future, the Other. The challenges that face us in the future are many: reaffirming and renewing what has already been thought and needs repeating, responding to emergent questions. None could be more urgent than the question of the animal and the fate of the planet. Addressing each of these requires that we suspend our normal conceptual assurances and think anew.