Wolfram Eilenberger: Zeit der Zauberer Das große Jahrzehnt der Philosophie 1919 1929



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The personal lives are interesting in the way one would expect struggle or money and jobs love affairs galore travels professional rivalries The synopses are what one would expect in a popular book they whet one s appetite without satisfying it The most interesting of the Immerwelt - Der Pakt four is probably Cassirer in part because he has been mostlyorgotten and also he was conventional than the rest He had a solid middle class existence with a stable marriage and a good job and his works were continuous with the past rather than sharp breaks Of the others Walter Benjamin comes across as the most Modern South Asia fascinating in part because he was the eternal outsider not being able to break into the academic philosophy circle and making his living as a journalist confirms my hunch that wittgenstein and heidegger should be taught alongside each other and together can work as the gateway to most of 20th century european and american thoughthelpful to have benjamin thrown into the mix too wanted the book to spend time with his ideasdidn t know about this cassirer guy near the end of the book this author hilariously narrates the davos debate between cassirer and heidegger like a sports broadcaster during a boxing match epic shit surprised the author never really takes the gloves off about the whole heidegger was a nazi thing i guess the author thinks thatalls outside of the 1920s Picture Theory framing of the book so it s only mentioned briefly at the end but i don t know iteels like a bigger deal Ancestral Voices for me weird balance since wittgenstein in this book is mostly the early wittgenstein of the tractatus and wittgenstein s later and significant contribution eg philosophical inve A completely enjoyable and intriguing biography of the most well known German philosophers of the early 20th century covering the decade just after theirst world war This book is perfect And Bid Him Sing for someone like myself who has only scant knowledge of theseigures and no Aristotle Detective (Aristotle familiarity at all with Cassirer but interest in the time and their work and who has not read nor will ever likely read the original sources Philosophy buffs will perhaps have issues on the contents but nothing struck me as controversial or out of place Wittgenstein always strikes one as a somewhat ridiculousigure yet the book gives him a Bones, Clones, and Biomes fair treatment Heidegger likely has the most thorough assessment and it would have been nice to see of a connection to his later involvement with the NSDAP It was also interesting to get a glimpse of the outset of the Frankfurt School and it would be welcome if the author would also tackle that topic in theuture in a similar Bringing the Empire Home fashion I preferred the biographical background in this book to the philosophical interpretation since the philosophical interpretation still depended too much on discipline jargon and vaguely defined ideas that burden twentieth century philosophy and reuires an in depth reading of the philosophers themselves where the reader canormulate their own interpretation So the book became interesting rom the perspective of who succeeded or ailed and why now that we can reflect on these Building the Cold War four philosophers with our added knowledge of histor. Will converge as they become world historicaligures But as the Second World War looms on the horizon their Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) fates will be very differentWolfram Eilenberger stylishly traces the paths of these remarkable and turbulent lives whicheature not only philosophy but some of the most important economists politicians journalists and artists of the century including John Maynard Keynes Hannah Arendt and Bertrand Russell In doing so he tells a gripping story about some of history's most ambitious and passionate thinkers and illuminates with rare clarity and economy their brilliant ideas which all too often have been regarded as enigmatic or opaue.

Ng a sublimation of the individual Counter-Amores for the sake of a mythical consensus which he explicitly will embrace within his Introduction to Metaphysics and within his special lecture praising Hitler at Freiburg University both of which are documented in this book Authenticityor Heidegger meant being a good Nazi Dancing at Armageddon following the cultural determinism of Oswald Spengler and embracing the special uniue character of the German Volk since national socialism is racism and pride in one s culture reigns supreme when it is ones own culture at least to the twisted mind of Nazis or Trumpollowers For those who have not recently read Mein Kampf and have orgotten Hitler will say Nazis are National Socialist and national socialism is racism and by socialism he means the social revolution of the German Volk not by economical class but by pure Aryan race through superior genetics At Trump s Nuremburg rally in Minnesota two days ago about 9232020 he commented on the superior genes they all had as the audience stopped thinking and decided to cheer madly their Fuhrer I mean their leader It s too bad I would love to have sided with Cassirer over the ascist Heidegger but while Cassirer was well aware of the Spengler inspired cultural determination and what a danger it meant he trips himself up with universals that limit his being able to Composition and Literature fully grasp the 1920s and what was transpiring and how the real evil was unfolding over time When one reads The Magic Mountain one realizes that Mann starts to realize that there is a storm brewing and in the early parts of his novel which took ten years to write healls into a Cassirer trap of not seeing what is really going on but he does change the tone in the latter part of the novel The world is made up of Cezanne and Provence facts Wittgenstein or the world iseelings through our attunement with the world Heidegger The Dark Voices first will say there is no worldview while we exist within the world the second will say there is at least one ontologicaloundation Heidegger was uoted to have said but not within this book that he couldn t get past the Contested Reproduction first line of the Tractatus It s too bad because when as this book will show they both are trying to get at the uestion why is there something rather than nothing and Cassirer and Benjamin are in the word game to play too but they are mostly on the edges of the conversation Overall a very good book to help the modern day reader understand why 1920s German thought is still relevant to today and gives me hope that there are other modern books out there which assume the reader really wants to know and understand our special place in time and how time is a process which leads to irony being jealous of authenticity The book tells the story ofour German philosophers who lived in the early part of the 20c Martin Heidegger Walter Benjamin Ernst Cassirer and Ludwig Wittgenstein It is unclear what ties these our together They all were disillusioned with current philosophy and wanted to chart a new path but it seems there were differences than similarities between them The author Eilenberger sketches their personal lives along with synopses of their major works. As a scion of one of the wealthiest industrial amilies in Europe in search of absolute spiritual clarity Meanwhile Heidegger having managed to avoid combat in war by serving instead as a meteorologist is carefully cultivating his career aligning himself with the great Edmund Husserl and renouncing his prior Catholic associations Finally Cassirer is working Creating Country Music furiously on the margins of academia applying himself intensely to his writing and the possibility of a career at Hamburg University The stage is setor a great intellectual drama which will unfold across the next decade The lives and ideas of this extraordinary philosophical uartet.

Arguably within the 20th century the two most important non Blacklands fiction books written in the 20th century were Being and Time by Heidegger and the Tractatus by Wittgenstein in addition as this book mentions the two most zeitgeist 1920s definingictional books would have been Thomas Mann s Magic Mountain and Proust s In Search of Lost Time This book does what almost no modern books do it assumes its readers really wants to understand and never talks down to them and provides a roadmap Evolutionary Patterns for connecting complex thought without dumbing down the story since the only way we can get out of the paradox of existence is toirst understand that we are in it As when that ugly neighbor shouts go back to Palestine what does it really mean or in today s America go back to Mexico since all Mexican s are rapist or at least our Fuhrer shouts that incoherentlyFortunately Evolution As Entropy for me I had justinished reading Mann s Magic Mountain and have just as of last week Forging Gay Identities finished Proust s In Search of Lost Time series and because of Time of Magicians I ended up reading Cassirer sirst volume of Philosophy of Symbolic Forms because I wanted to see where he was really coming Forbidden History from It made the seuelor this book all the interesting in particular the debate between Heidegger and Cassirer and what he was really getting at The students attending the debate cleverly mocked Cassirer by performing a skit by just repeating Humboldt Kant Humboldt Kant uite Fiche Blian ag Fás funny while being cutting with its accuracy Heidegger will sit with his mother while she is dying and she will say son I can no longer prayeror your goodness I must only think of myself now since death is coming imminently Esteem Enlivened by Desire for me That is Being and Time in a nutshell Cassirer s neighbor during theormation of the Nazi ethos will say Go back to Palestine you Jews it hurts Toni his wife as it should because Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith for the ignorant Nazi slurring it thinks of Palestine as a dung heap while Toni sees ifor an unfulfilled dream of a promise of happiness That is Cassirer s symbolic meaning belief in a nutshell Wittgenstein understands that the uestions and the answers are prattle and we are trapped with why is there something rather than nothing until the abyss stares at us as we only remember our memories of what was as we hope or what will be and all is unknowable except or when he hits a student too hard who almost dies and Wittgenstein leaves town that very day because it was not prattle but real Benjamin looks They Shall Be One Flesh for meaning in all the wrong places and plans on killing himself until he reads Tristram Shandy and laughs out loud not a bad reason not to kill yourself and aairly good place to The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning find meaningor yourselfHeidegger is a Nazi at heart There s a Hereward (Hereward, funny line within this book Hanna Arendt was his student when she was 19 and he was 35 and then he had an affair with her That alone is somewhat creepy by itself but his behavior towards all around him allowed Hanna Arendt to sayor when it comes to character Heidegger didn t have a bad character he has no character whatsoever Funny but true All one needs to do is carefully read BT to igure out Heidegger is a Nazi and is channeli. A grand narrative of the intertwining lives of Walter Benjamin Martin Heidegger Ludwig Wittgenstein and Ernst Cassirer major philosophers whose ideas shaped the twentieth century The year is 1919 The horror of the First World War is still resh or the protagonists of Time of the Magicians each of whom inds himself at a crucial juncture Benjamin whose life is characterized by Groom and Doom false starts and unfinished projects is trying tolee his overbearing Eroarea lui Descartes father andloundering in his academic career living hand to mouth as a critic Wittgenstein by contrast has dramatically decided to divest himself of the monumental ortune he stands to inherit.

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