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The Symbolic Construction of RealityThe Legacy of Ernst Cassirer$
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Jeffrey Andrew Barash

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226036861

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226036892.001.0001

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The Limits of Order: Cassirer and Heidegger on Finitude and Infinity

The Limits of Order: Cassirer and Heidegger on Finitude and Infinity

(p.104) Six The Limits of Order: Cassirer and Heidegger on Finitude and Infinity
The Symbolic Construction of Reality

Michael Roubach

University of Chicago Press

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

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