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The Limits of Order: <i>Cassirer and Heidegger on Finitude and Infinity</i>

Michael Roubach

in The Symbolic Construction of Reality

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226036861
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226036892 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226036892.003.0006
The Limits of Order: Cassirer and Heidegger on Finitude and Infinity

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This chapter, which analyzes the debate between Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger in Davos centered on Immanuel Kant's philosophy, focuses on the different conceptions of finitude and the dichotomy between finite and infinite that were proposed by Heidegger and Cassirer. It suggests that the Davos debate is a confrontation between two worldviews. Cassirer exemplified a humanist worldview deeply committed to the heritage of the Enlightenment while Heidegger's philosophy can be interpreted as undermining the scientific worldview.

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; Martin Heidegger; debate; Immanuel Kant; finitude; finite; infinite; humanist worldview; scientific worldview; Enlightenment

Chapter.  4141 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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