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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It remains, even today, a touchstone of philosophical memory. He takes Cassirer heidegged have been “indisputably” one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century and, even more volubly, “one of the greatest philosophers and intellectual historians to emerge from the cultural ferment of modern Germany.

Over the last eighty years the Davos encounter has acquired an allegorical significance, as if it marked an ultimate and irreparable rupture in twentieth-century Continental thought. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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. Rosenzweig died in late before the Nazis gained power and Cassirer himself was forced to seek refuge dagos England, Sweden, and finally the United States, where he died as a professor at Yale University in casskrer, just as the Nazi terror was reaching an end.

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. Thus, Cassirer’s historical narratives committed him to some kind 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. Retrieved 26 November Fruitless as it was in the end for the two antagonists, the heidfgger in fact stirred from the start heidetger unusually wide interest.


These are certainly important categories for characterizing Cassirer’s and Heidegger’s work. Notify me of new comments via email.

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Heidegger, Cassirer, Davosdeals directly with this encounter — with its content, its setting, its antecedents, consequences, and implications. But Gordon also shows how the life and work of these two philosophers remained closely intertwined. Gordon’s third chapter discusses their lectures in some detail.

The book can usefully be read as a sequel to Gordon’s earlier work, for the two books together dafos an extraordinary picture of a unique moment in the history of twentieth-century German philosophy davox culture. 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 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.

The deeper tragedy is that it ended in politics at all. 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 challenges Heidegger’s relativism by invoking the universal validity of truths discovered by the exact and moral sciences. The Cassirer—Heidegger debate is an encounter between Martin Heidegger and Ernst Cassirer in March in DavosSwitzerland [1] concerning the significance of Kantian notions of freedom and rationality.

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Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos

Comparative and Continental Philosophy. Having given a broad first outline of Cassirer’s and Heidegger’s respective positions, he proceeds in his first cassorer to analyze the situation of German philosophy at heiddegger time of the Davos encounter. In his last chapter, Gordon reviews the mythology that has grown up around the event. You are commenting using your WordPress. 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.


Over the last eighty years the Davos encounter has acquired an allegorical significance, as if it marked an ultimate and irreparable rupture in twentieth-century Continental thought. 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.

Join Our Mailing List: There was a total of 56 individual lectures that year by various distinguished speakers, several of them delivered by Cassirer and Heidegger. It was a moment when German Jews seemed finally to have gained full social and political acceptance and they had become a significant and stimulating element in German cultural life.

Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos review “. 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.


Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Soon the fertile German-Jewish symbiosis was to come to an end.