The opening chapters feel a bit scattershot. The last few chapters, on the other hand -- esp. the last, on Existentialism in a Post-Structuralist world, the area of Flynn's own scholarship -- are the most technical, the hardest to get into 'dummy' form, and may be the most interesting to those familiar with the likes of Foucault, Gadamer, and Althusser. The chapter on the politics of Sartre and Merleau-Ponty is also surprisingly interesting, though necessarily brief. I wanted a clearer account of Sartre's metaphysics than I got, but Flynn's account of Husserl is clear and quite good (from the *very* little I know of H. -- all at 3rd hand, to be sure). Anyhow, not a bad book, given its aims and imposed limitations.