Heidegger, Cassirer (& Fink) at Davos

Finally got round to reading Peter E. Gordon’s Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos. It’s an interesting book, on a key moment in European intellectual history. One thing thought was interesting was that Eugen Fink attended the debate – I knew Lévinas had, but didn’t know Fink had. Actually though I should have been aware of this – I’ve just checked Ronald Bruzina’s Edmund Husserl & Eugen Fink: Beginnings and Ends in Phenomenology 1928-1938, and he says this there (p. 20) – although he says it’s not clear Fink was there for the whole event, as his notes only cover Heidegger’s lectures on Kant, and don’t continue for the last week or so.

I don’t think Gordon is quite right on Fink’s allegiance (pp. 99-100) – yes, he was initially a Husserlian, on which Bruzina is exceptional, but he certainly became more Heideggerian over time. I don’t know much work on the later Fink in English, certainly nothing compared to Bruzina on his early work. Fink is important for what I’m trying to do with the category of the ‘world’ (see my earlier piece on him in Parrhesia).

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