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By Michael Friedman

Since the Thirties, philosophy has been divided into camps: the analytic culture which prevails within the Anglophone global and the continental culture which holds sway over the eu continent.

A Parting of the Ways appears on the origins of this cut up in the course of the lens of 1 defining episode: the disputation in Davos, Switzerland, in 1929, among the 2 most outstanding German philosophers, Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger. This watershed debate used to be attended via Rudlf Carnap, a consultant of the Vienna Circle of logical positivists.

Michael Friedman exhibits how philosophical adjustments interacted with political occasions. either Carnap and Heidegger viewd their philosophical efforts as tied to their radical social outlooks, with Carnap at the left and Heidegger at the correct, whereas Cassirer used to be within the conciliatory classical culture of liveral republicanism. the increase of Hitler ended in the emigration from Europe of such a lot top philosophers, together with Carnap and Cassirer, leaving Heidegger by myself at the continent.

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