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Stress, Political Instability, and Differences between British and Franco-German Twentieth Philosophy

Edward Dutton, Jani Kukkola and Jan te Nijenhuis


Published: 2015/12/01


It is demonstrated that the dominant philosophical perspective in Britain was clearly different from that in France and Germany during the twentieth century. British philosophy was less ideological than Continental philosophy. It is demonstrated that the history of Britain in this period induced lower levels of uncertainty when compared to France and Germany. In particular, it would have produced lower levels of uncertainty in the childhoods of the British philosophers. It is argued that this plausibly explains some of the philosophical differences between these countries, as ideological fervor is predicted by stress and a more broadly neurotic personality. Key Words: Analytic philosophy, Continental philosophy, Stress

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