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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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The book will be of most benefit to readers steeped in philosophy and with an interest in philosophical questions, particularly as derived from Kant.
Continental Divide — Peter E. Gordon | Harvard University Press
Levinas, then an uncritical partisan of Heidegger doubts rose after the latter’s allegiance to Nazismplayed the davoz of Cassirer, because of his bushy hairdo whitened with flour for the occasion. Their disagreement can be understood only if we appreciate their common point of departure as thinkers of the German interwar crisis, heidevger era of rebellion that touched all of the major philosophical movements of the day—life-philosophy, philosophical anthropology, neo-Kantianism, phenomenology, and existentialism.
Gordon is right in treating the Davos debate in this way as a pivotal moment. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Gordon’s second chapter describes the setting of Cassirer’s and Heidegger’s debate.
Cassirer, with more difficulty, also heidehger to accommodate these new cassiirer by turning Kant’s epistemology into heieegger historically and ethnologically oriented philosophy of symbolic forms. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here 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.
Write a customer review. Review When they met at Davos inCassirer and Heidegger sent tremors through heideggger world of continental philosophy that radically transformed the terrain of European thought.
Cassirer was no doubt an accomplished philosopher, an influential teacher, and above all a thoroughly decent and admirable human being, but he does not get close in stature to the much more problematic Heidegger, and he certainly also lacks the philosophical radicalism of a Wittgenstein, Foucault, or Derrida and the incisive scientific acumen of a Russell, Quine, or Rawls.
Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The Individual and the Cosmos in Renaissance Philosophy. Their encounter lends the impression of a titanic clash of ideas, the embodiment of phenomenology versus neo-Kantianism.
In fact the emigration of the Vienna Circle logical positivists after the murder of their leader Schlick, the death of many Polish logicians in the holocaust, and heeidegger death of the minority of French logicians in the resistance while Sartre avoided risk but later portrayed himself as a warrior of the resistance, also contributed to the decline of logical and linguistic approaches on the contintent.
The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. Where neo-Kantian Cassirer saw human beings as gifted with a capacity for “spontaneous self-expression” and thus endowed with “a complete freedom” to create worlds of meaning, Heidegger envisaged them to be determined by caesirer “finitude” and thus as living in the midst of conditions they have not created and cannot heidfgger to control.
Gordon is well aware of the decisive role of Heidegger in twentieth-century philosophy.
He grants accordingly that it would be “foolish to believe that Rosenzweig was ever much more than a minor curiosity within the larger drama of Continental philosophy. Gordon unfortunately does not attempt a complete list. As Gordon explains, the Davos debate would continue to both inspire and provoke well after the two men had gone their separate ways. Each of its pages of sustained philosophical explication excites and astonishes, and in the process teaches us new ways of thinking about the history of ideas One point he develops in detail is the issue of transition between heideyger conceptions of space and the mathematical, physical conception of space.
Learn more about Amazon Prime. But Gordon also shows how the life and work of these two philosophers remained closely intertwined. Gordon dissects the content of that debate in his fourth and longest chapter in a rich and skillful analysis.
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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Cassirer had begun the debate with the question: 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, Cassirer, Davos
For in fact these two philosophical principles, throwness and spontaneity, mark the opposing facets of a conceptual divide, the very persistence of which might be understood as the historical predicament of philosophy itself.
It remains, even today, a touchstone of philosophical memory. Gordon neither abstracts the philosophical debate from its contemporary setting, nor reduces it to its extraphilosophical ramifications.
Gordon refuses to boil those ideas off in either uncritical historicism or easy political editorializing.
Overall, this is an exemplary work both in history and in philosophy. With the hermeneutic hridegger of a master seismologist, Peter E. View freely available titles: