Gooeys and Spikeys
April 7, 2010 10:17 AM   Subscribe

Can someone identify the article in which the writer outlines the differences between analytic and continental philosophy using the metaphor of 'gooey' (continental) and 'spikey/sharpies' (analytic)?
posted by freud to Religion & Philosophy (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I don't know the specific article, but that's exactly how Alan Watts always described it.
posted by cmoj at 10:25 AM on April 7, 2010

It's quoted here, but I'm not seeing a citation to the source:
"I have sometimes thought that all philosophical disputes could be reduced to an argument between the partisans of "prickles" and the partisans of "goo." ...
posted by Jaltcoh at 10:51 AM on April 7, 2010

Best answer: Alan Watts was the name that jumped to mind for me, too. Here's an animated video of the "prickles & goo" talk.

At first I typed "pickles & goo", which sounds like tsukemono + natto. Oog.
posted by Lexica at 11:25 AM on April 7, 2010

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