Are there common characteristics of Norwegian philosophy in the second half of the 20th century, from the Liberation (1945) to Bologna (1999)? In this paper I argue for view that we may point at four typical trends: (i) a rethinking and reworking of the traditional divide between so-called continental and analytic philosophy, at the same time a post-war reconciliation of German and English impulses, (ii) a vivid interest in politics and political philosophy, a political concern as philosophers, long before the Vietnam war, (iii) a genuine interest in scientific and scholarly research, in what colleagues in other disciplines were doing, a genuine interest and at the same time with a critical twist, and (iv) a concern for reasonable and enlightened discourse in public space, where also philosophers participated, at the same time as university philosophers, through their work with the introductory courses in semantics and the history of philosophy – examen philosophicum, mandatory for all university students – contributed to an enlightened formation of the academic youth. To elucidate these claims I refer to a few cases and trends, as I see it. A special emphasis is given to the situation in Bergen in this period.

Keywords: reconciliation of German and Anglo-American thinking, political philosophy, philosophy of the sciences and the humanities, participation in public discourse, semantics, history of philosophy.