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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But Gordon also shows how the life and work of these two philosophers cazsirer closely intertwined. Overall, this is an exemplary work both in history and in philosophy.

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Casxirer unfortunately does not attempt a complete list. Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley Continental Divide conjugates an even-handed reconstruction of the debate and its lasting significance with an astute analysis of how philosophy revisits its own past in order to define its present circumstances.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Cassirer questioned whether Heidegger, with his belief in human finitude, could have any place for non-relative truth and objective knowledge. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

There’s a problem loading this menu right hedegger. 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 heidevger thought. What is human finitude? Clearly, but if Heidegger was wearing one of his ski outfits it may have been a different story. Gordon declines to decide which protagonist was more nearly correct in his position or who “won” the debate at Davos. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

A work of exceptional significance. 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. What is human finitude?


Lukacher Choice [An] extraordinary book Carnap, Cassirer, and Heidegger. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. In their Davos debate, Cassirer and Heidegger explored the issues that divided them and also tried to see the extent to which they shared common ground.

Gordon is right in treating the Davos debate in this way as a pivotal moment. 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.

As Gordon explains, the Davos debate would continue to both inspire and provoke well after the two men had gone their separate ways. In his conclusion, Gordon writes: Gordon’s manifesto will resonate with historians of my generation. Showing of 4 reviews. Fruitless as it was in the end for the two antagonists, the debate in fact stirred from the start an unusually wide interest.

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.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. One point he develops in detail is the issue of transition between mythic conceptions of space and the mathematical, physical conception of space. The community of Davos, Switzerland, had started in the late s to run yearly Caseirer seminars lasting some three weeks each.

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Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Through a close and painstaking analysis, Gordon dissects the exchange itself cassirwr reveal that it was at core a philosophical disagreement over what it means to be human. Inseveral hundred participants came to the event from all over Europe. 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.


He sees that the hermeneutic disagreement was genuine and that real philosophical issues were at stake in the collision of Cassirer’s celebration of rational spontaneity with Heidegger’s concept of thrownness–the collision, that is, of idealism with existentialism. 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.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Gordon neither abstracts the philosophical debate from its contemporary setting, nor reduces it to its extraphilosophical ramifications. Gordon not only traces the historical and political reverberations of the debate.

Cassirer, Heidegger, et al have been replaced by bond brokers and Bono. A few who claimed to be or were present, such as Sohn-Rethel are not noted by Gordon. Heidegger’s provocative thesis was also to form the basis of the debate between him and Cassirer, which was the recognized high point of the entire seminar sessions at Davos.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. The opposition of freedom and finitude nevertheless serves Gordon well for framing his narrative of the Davos debate.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. This debate has achieved legendary status in the history of contemporary thought and is regarded as opening an abyss between those who base philosophy on scientific reason, and the human power of reflection, and those who are haunted by the unthinkable, the unsaid, and the unsayable But Gordon also shows how the life and work of these two philosophers remained closely intertwined.