Cambridge University Press, Cambridge


288 Pages

ISBN 9781316519882

Cassirer and Heidegger in Davos

the philosophical arguments

Simon Truwant

The 1929 encounter between Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger in Davos, Switzerland is considered one of the most important intellectual debates of the twentieth century and a founding moment of continental philosophy. At the same time, many commentators have questioned the philosophical profundity and coherence of the actual debate. In this book, the first comprehensive philosophical analysis of the Davos debate, Simon Truwant challenges these critiques. He argues that Cassirer and Heidegger's disagreement about the meaning of Kant's philosophy ismotivated by their different views about the human condition, which in turn are motivated by their opposing conceptions of what the task of philosophy ultimately should be. Truwant shows that Cassirer and Heidegger share a grand philosophical concern: to comprehend and aid the human being's capacity to orient itself in and towards the world.

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Truwant, S. (2022). Cassirer and Heidegger in Davos: the philosophical arguments, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

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