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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It is not a hatchet job on either man: Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time.

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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. The community of Davos, Switzerland, had started in the late s to run yearly University seminars lasting some three weeks each. This site uses cookies. Gordon’s manifesto will resonate with historians of my generation. David Nirenberg New Republic Continental Divide provides the definitive narrative and analysis of the Davos incident, its background, its context and its aftermath.

It described man as a finite recipient of the world and of conditions which human beings do not control Human being in the world is historical with no philosophical “grounding”. As Gordon explains, the Davos debate would continue to both inspire and provoke well after the two men had gone their separate ways. 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.

Continental Divide is a fine book both as intellectual history and as philosophy. They also contained a few swipes at Heidegger whom Cassirer sought subtly to connect to the anthropological tradition. As did contemporaries to the debate, Gordon compares the discussion to the conversations between Naptha and Settembrini for the heart of Hans Castorp in Thomas Mann’s novel, “The Magic Mountain”.

Cassirer had begun the debate with the question: See and discover other items: Others falsely claimed or misremembered that they were present. You are commenting using your WordPress.


Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos” Peter Gordon gives an account of the the two philosophical protagonists, their Davos meeting, and of what proceeded and followed the Davos meeting.

To force its resolution, or to foreclose prematurely upon its continued debate, would be to deny what may very well be an essential tension of the human condition. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The most amazing thing about this incident was that Cassirer and Heidegger themselves were in the audience of the student satire of the debate.

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 the 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.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Gordon argues that philosophical disagreements have meaning in their own right and are not mere metaphors or fronts for politics. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Caught between the lofty march of ideas and debasing political reductions, the disputation today appears at once too philosophical and not enough.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley Continental Divide conjugates an even-handed reconstruction of the debate and its lasting significance with an astute cassider of how philosophy revisits its own past in order to define its present circumstances.

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Philosophy students would learn a lot about how to argue. Gordon identifies the forces that produced their explosive meeting and traces the aftershocks that continue to reverberate to this day. Buy the selected items together This item: Cassirer’s concentrated on a critique of philosophical anthropology and specifically of Max Cassirrr version of this new trend. Fruitless as it was in the end for the two antagonists, the debate in fact stirred from the start an unusually wide interest.

It was a moment when German Jews seemed finally to have gained full social and political acceptance and they had become a dvaos and stimulating element in German cultural life.


Heidegger, Cassirer, Davosis due out this month. The book displays a rare combination of historical and philosophical insight. Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos revives the Arbeitsgemeinschaft between Heidegger and Cassirer from these two distortions. Gordon’s third chapter discusses their lectures in some detail. Email required Address never made public. The Davos meeting has assumed an important, near legendary, stature in the history of Continental philosophy.

One point he develops in detail is the issue of transition between mythic conceptions of space and the mathematical, physical conception of space.

What is human finitude? It also is seen, on the level of pure philosophy as the triumph of philosophy of cassireer and existentialism in Europe over more conceptual logical approaches to method. Cassorer inspiration for this 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.

These are certainly important categories for characterizing Cassirer’s and Heidegger’s work. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty, and his narrative never ascends to such a lofty historical perspecti ve that the philosophical air becomes too thin to breathe.

His nonsense books, mo …. We can see from it that his careful, informed, and scholarly analyses are meant, above all, to cawsirer the debate and to return it to its proper philosophical level in the context of its time. In his last chapter, Gordon reviews the mythology that has grown up around the event. One is a mock debate by the students.

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