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The Resource Time of the magicians : Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the decade that reinvented philosophy, Wolfram Eilenberger ; translated by Shaun Whiteside

Time of the magicians : Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the decade that reinvented philosophy, Wolfram Eilenberger ; translated by Shaun Whiteside

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Time of the magicians : Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the decade that reinvented philosophy
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Time of the magicians
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Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the decade that reinvented philosophy
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Wolfram Eilenberger ; translated by Shaun Whiteside
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  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
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"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 fresh for the protagonists of Time of the Magicians, each of whom finds himself at a crucial juncture. Benjamin, whose life is characterized by false starts and unfinished projects, is trying to flee his overbearing father and floundering in his academic career, living hand to mouth as a jobbing critic. Wittgenstein, by contrast, has dramatically decided to divest himself of the monumental fortune he stands to inherit, as a scion of one of the biggest industrial families in Europe, in order to commit himself unswervingly to a life of the mind. 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 furiously on the margins of academia, applying himself intensely to his writing and the possibility of a career at Hamburg University. The stage is set for a great intellectual drama, which will unfold across the next decade. The lives and ideas of this great philosophical quartet will converge as they become world historical figures. But as the Second World War looms on the horizon, their fates will be very different. Wolfram Eilenberger, internationally-bestselling author, stylishly traces the paths of these remarkable and turbulent lives, which feature 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, as well as illuminating with rare clarity and economy their brilliant ideas, which all too often have been regarded as enigmatic or opaque"--
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1972-
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Eilenberger, Wolfram
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193
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  • illustrations
  • plates
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index present
LC call number
B3181
LC item number
.E5513 2020
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non fiction
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Whiteside, Shaun
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  • Philosophy, German
  • Germany
  • Benjamin, Walter
  • Wittgenstein, Ludwig
  • Heidegger, Martin
  • Cassirer, Ernst
  • Philosophy, German
  • Germany
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Time of the magicians : Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the decade that reinvented philosophy, Wolfram Eilenberger ; translated by Shaun Whiteside
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  • "Originally published in German as Zeit der Zauberer by Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart," ©2018 -- title page verso
  • Translated from the German
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1127067361
Dimensions
25 cm
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418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780525559665
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2019050893
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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Time of the magicians : Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the decade that reinvented philosophy, Wolfram Eilenberger ; translated by Shaun Whiteside
Publication
Note
  • "Originally published in German as Zeit der Zauberer by Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart," ©2018 -- title page verso
  • Translated from the German
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1127067361
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780525559665
Lccn
2019050893
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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