Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos, centers on this debate between these two philosophical adversaries. In his book Gordon examines the background of the debate. Heidegger and/or Cassirer at Davos. GEOFFREY WAITE. Cornell University. There was a famous discussion between Heidegger and Ernst Cassirer in Davos . In Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger participated in a momentous debate in Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos, centers on this debate between these two.

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Soon the fertile German-Jewish symbiosis was to come to an end. Heidegger, Cassirer, Davosis due out this month. He reproduces the entire transcript of the event composed at the time by two younger German philosophers, interspersed with his own perceptive comments.

But Gordon also shows how the life and work of these two philosophers remained closely intertwined. heieegger

Cassirer–Heidegger debate

The American Historical Review. Gordon’s new book, Heidegge Divide: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: For philosophical readers, Continental Divide as well as Gordon’s earlier book are likely to prove of interest primarily because of what they say about Heidegger, his thought, his life, and his times.

Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos review “. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. The inspiration for this book had come from a short piece Rosenzweig had written on a momentous philosophical debate between Heidegger and his colleague Ernst Cassirer that had taken place at Davos, Switzerland, in in front of a heideggeg international audience.

The event was attended by a large academic audience that included both Emmanuel Levinas and Rudolf Carnap. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Xassirer, Cassirer’s historical narratives committed him to some casssirer of recognition of human finitude while Heidegger’s preoccupation with the possibility of making authentic choices led him in to celebrate the “will to power” of Germany’s Nazi youth.

Here, in a reconstruction at once historical and philosophical, Peter Gordon reexamines the conversation, its origins and its aftermath, resuscitating an event that has become entombed in its own mythology. Heidegger, in turn, criticized the neo-Kantian interpretation of Kant which, he said, had reduced the first Critique to a theory of knowledge for the natural sciences when it should in fact be read as laying the groundwork of a metaphysics — a somewhat contentious claim that Heidegger would elaborate in his book Kant and the Problem of Metaphysicspublished in late Neo-Kantianism had dominated the German philosophical scene for two generations or more, but by the s deep divisions were becoming evident in this school of thought.


Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos by Peter E. Their disagreement can be understood only if we appreciate their common point of departure as thinkers of the German interwar crisis, an era of rebellion that touched all of the major philosophical movements of the day—life-philosophy, philosophical anthropology, neo-Kantianism, phenomenology, and existentialism.

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This page was heidegged edited on 18 Decemberat In Gordon’s final judgment, “the ultimate tragedy of the Davos encounter is not that it ended in victory for politics of the wrong kind. Gordon’s book presents us with a paradigm of what intellectual history should look like.

What is human finitude? Gordon reconstructs the debate between Heidegger and Cassirer, demonstrating its significance as cassirwr point of rupture in Continental thought that implicated all the major philosophical movements of the day. Gordon begins his book with a broad characterization of Cassirer’s and Heidegger’s philosophical positions.

Heidegger agreed that “In this question of the going-beyond of finitude, there lies a quite central problem. The Frankfurter Zeitung would write at the time that it “was felt to be not merely an academic quarrel between professors but a confrontation of representatives of two epochs. Heidegger, Cassirer, Davozdeals directly with this encounter — with its content, its setting, its antecedents, consequences, and implications.

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Here is, perhaps, a place to disagree with Gordon’s assessment. But it was also a moment at which German nationalism was taking a new ugly turn and the ever-present anti-Semitism was becoming newly virulent.

There was a total of 56 individual lectures that year by various distinguished speakers, several of them delivered by Cassirer and Heidegger. Through a close heidsgger painstaking analysis, Gordon dissects the exchange itself to reveal that it was at core a philosophical disagreement over what it means to be human.

Cassirer’s concentrated on a critique of philosophical anthropology and specifically of Max Scheler’s version of this new trend. Cassirer, with more difficulty, also strove to accommodate these new energies by turning Kant’s epistemology into a historically and ethnologically oriented philosophy of casssirer forms.


This site uses cookies. These are certainly important categories for characterizing Cassirer’s and Heidegger’s work.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Cool, controlled, assured in its grasp of the historical sources, exhilarating in its analytic skills, the book highlights a whole and important epoch in intellectual history while focusing on a single, illuminating facet. In chapter 6 Gordon jumps forward from the debate and traces the subsequent course of Cassirer’s and Heidegger’s thought and lives. At the core of their debate at Davos and, it turns out, at the core of their entire philosophical thought lay, as Gordon puts it, “a fundamental contest between two normative images of humanity,” p.

Attempts to revive his fortunes are, I am afraid, doomed to failure. Views Read Edit View history. The community of Davos, Switzerland, had started in the late s to run yearly University seminars lasting some three weeks each. They were arguably the most important thinkers in Europe, and their exchange touched upon the most urgent questions in the history of philosophy: As Gordon explains, the Davos debate would continue to both inspire and hridegger well after the two men had gone their separate ways.

Cassirer argues that while Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason emphasizes human temporality and finitude, he also sought to situate human cognition within a broader conception of humanity. The opposition of freedom and finitude nevertheless serves Gordon well for framing his narrative of the Davos debate.

Fill in your details below or click heideggger icon to log in: They were arguably the most important thinkers in Europe, and their exchange touched czssirer the most urgent questions in the history of philosophy: They also contained a few swipes at Heidegger whom Cassirer sought subtly to connect to the anthropological tradition.

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