A recent graduate in philosophy from a British university goes to

mainland Europe for a possibly well-earned break. There she meets a

German and a Frenchman and discovers that they too studied philo-

sophy. Keen to engage her in conversation, the two foreigners start to

talk about their favourite philosophers. The names they rattle off sound

familiar: Heidegger, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Kierkegaard, and

so on. But the graduate is unable to discuss these philosophers with her

new friends. ‘I’ve heard a bit about them,’ she explains (in English),

‘but I’ve never actually studied them’.