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Unformatted text preview: they are opposed. As for it goes for analytics; it is not a uniquely American philosophy in my opinion. Aristotle literally wrote the book analytics, and Kant who was German created the analytic/synthetic dichotomy, which still has great sway in the minds of many living philosophers who consider Kant the greatest philosopher since Socrates. Philosophers from Europe tended to favor realism; they believed that what was being described by philosophy was an actual and external world. "Idealist" philosophy says that our philosophical language describes only what we perceive, not necessarily what exist: it is useful as an explanation. Led by Kant and Hegel, European philosophy was more focused on (German) idealism. Other important movements were also Romanticism and the Enlightenment movements....
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