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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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. Cassirer questioned whether Heidegger, with his belief in human finitude, could have any place for non-relative truth and objective knowledge.
Davoz community of Davos, Switzerland, had started in the late s to run yearly University seminars lasting some three weeks each. By continuing to use this website, dafos agree to their use. You are commenting using your WordPress. 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.
Gordon reconstructs the debate between Heidegger and Cassirer, demonstrating its significance as a point of rupture in Continental thought that implicated all the major philosophical movements of the day. Cassirer, with more difficulty, also strove to accommodate these new energies by turning Kant’s epistemology into a historically and ethnologically oriented philosophy of symbolic forms. 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 cassier elaborate in his book Kant and the Problem of Metaphysicspublished in late Gordon begins his book with a broad characterization of Cassirer’s and Heidegger’s philosophical positions.
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. 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. Notify me of new comments via email.
We can see from it that his careful, informed, and scholarly analyses are meant, above all, to demythologize the debate and to fassirer it to its proper philosophical level in the context of its time. Join Our Mailing List: They were arguably the most important thinkers in Europe, and their exchange touched upon the most urgent questions in the history of philosophy: What is human finitude?
Retrieved from ” https: Gordon’s book presents us with a paradigm of what intellectual history should look like. Gordon dissects the content of that debate in his fourth and longest chapter in a rich and skillful analysis. Retrieved 26 November Existential modes of philosophizing due to Kierkegaard and Nietzsche were at the same time making themselves increasingly felt; philosophical anthropology pointed philosophy in a new direction; and finally there was Edmund Husserl and his school.
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There was a total of 56 individual lectures that year by various distinguished speakers, several of them delivered by Cassirer and Heidegger. But Gordon also shows how the life and work of these two philosophers remained closely intertwined. You cassirwr commenting using your Twitter account.
Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Heidegger, Cassirer, Davosis due out this month. They were arguably the most important thinkers in Europe, and their exchange davso upon the most urgent questions in the history of philosophy: 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.
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. Gordon’s third yeidegger discusses their lectures in some detail. The deeper tragedy is that it ended in politics at all. Cassirer had begun the debate with the question: Soon the fertile German-Jewish symbiosis was to come to an end.
To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The opposition of freedom and finitude nevertheless serves Gordon well for framing his narrative of the Davos debate.
In Gordon’s final judgment, “the ultimate tragedy of the Davos encounter is not that it advos in victory for politics of the wrong kind. 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.