Gary Gutting, Thinking the Impossible

A survey of French philosophy since 1960
David Winters reviews Gary Gutting's Thinking the Impossible: French Philosophy Since 1960 over at ReadySteadyBook: 'Apart from its pedagogical context, what makes French thought ‘French,’ for Gutting – what unifies it, what sets it apart - is its persistent attention to a single, underlying theme: ‘thinking the impossible.’ This is the metaphilosophical meat of the book: the argument that, where analytic philosophers at least ‘act as if’ everything can be conceptually understood, the French are fascinated by limit cases, and are ‘sceptics about conceivability.’ [Read More]