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Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos. Peter Gordon. The two positions at Davos may uncover an archetypal tension in philosophical thought. Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos By Peter E. Gordon (Harvard University Press, pp., $) I. The Swiss town of Davos was. Peter Gordon’s book, Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos, is due out this month. It looks promising–plus Harvard UP tells us all that.

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Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. In chapter 6 Gordon jumps forward from the debate and traces the subsequent course of Cassirer’s and Heidegger’s thought and lives. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos revives the Arbeitsgemeinschaft between Heidegger and Cassirer from these two distortions.

Cassirer had begun the debate with the question: What is human finitude? Through a close and painstaking analysis, Gordon dissects the exchange itself to reveal that it was at core a philosophical disagreement over what it means to be human.

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InPeter Gordon, Professor of History at Harvard University, published a remarkable book on the kinship between two distinctive figures of Weimar culture: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The book can usefully be read as a sequel to Gordon’s earlier work, for the two books together draw an extraordinary picture of a unique moment in the history of twentieth-century German philosophy and culture.

As did contemporaries to the debate, Gordon compares the discussion to the conversations between Naptha and Settembrini for heideggger heart of Hans Castorp in Thomas Mann’s novel, “The Magic Mountain”.

Gordon’s third chapter discusses their lectures in some detail. Gordon argues that philosophical disagreements have meaning in their own right and are not mere metaphors or fronts for politics. The older philosopher, Cassirer, was an urbane German-Jewish philosopher and a neo-Kantian who had written extensively on the history of philosophy, including a three-volume statement of his own philosophical approach, “The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms”.


But Gordon also shows how the life and work of these two philosophers remained closely hediegger. Despite their movements away from scientific paradigms, Cassirer toward [End Page ] cassjrer and One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Read more Read less. From this, you can get a real sense of what it is like for two masters of philosophy to expound and argue. Their dzvos can be understood only if we appreciate their common ueidegger 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.

Cssirer began with science and proceeded outward, particularly to ethics. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.


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Mythical Thought Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, Mythical Thoughtbut Gordon, rightly, claims accounting for this transition was problematical for Heidegger.

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Mann’s philosophical novel also was set in Davos. A work of exceptional significance. He discusses the thought of Cassirer and Heidegger in the years that led up to the debate, and their writings in the years which followed. Email required Address never made public. He has a masterly understanding of the philosophy, but insists that abstract ideas, too, very often wear layers of historical clothing Clearly, but if Heidegger was wearing one of his ski outfits it may have been a different story.

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.


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In heiddgger, Heidegger infamously declared his allegiance to Nazism and became the rector at Heideggerr. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Heidegger would not actually join the Nazis until five years later, but in retrospect the debate was seen as a prelude to the collapse of liberal rationalism into the maelstrom of Nazism. Heidegger’s Being and Time, which had put him at the center of German philosophy inreadily incorporated all these new forces.

The Davos meeting has assumed an important, near legendary, stature in the history of Continental philosophy. But Gordon also shows how the life and work of these two philosophers remained closely intertwined. Of interest to both specialists and generalists, this study sets the benchmark for all future discussions of the relation of Heidegger and Cassirer.

In the pivotal fourth chapter, Gordon gives the text of the debate between Cassirer and Heidegger together with Gordon’s own extended commentary and analysis of virtually every passage.


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In chapter 5 Gordon turns the clock back and asks by what route Cassirer and Heidegger had reached the Davos debate, and we discover that they had had a series of productive interactions before that event. Continental Divide is a fine book both as intellectual history and as philosophy. The inspiration for cassirer 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 large international audience.

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