Cassirer seems to have been unperturbed: he could not believe that a civilised country would fall for the lies of populist clowns. A month later, in March 1929, he went to the Swiss ski resort of Davos for a two-week seminar on Kant, which he was to lead in collaboration with the leader of a new generation of philosophy professors, Martin Heidegger. Cassirer spent much of the fortnight nursing a cold, while Heidegger slalomed the slopes with consummate skill; but they got on well enough, and rounded off proceedings with a debate. Cassirer took the opportunity to praise Kant as a philosopher of infinity for whom humanity is constantly striving for an enlightenment it will never quite achieve, whereas Heidegger presented Kant as bearing witness, in spite of himself, to an “abyss” beneath the burnished throne of reason. The confrontation was a little stiff – “two spoken monologues” as one observer put it – but it was also courteous, even cordial: a … [Read more...] about Time of the Magicians by Wolfram Eilenberger review – philosophy’s great decade?
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Anderson is much less approving of how the EU has generally developed since. But his criticisms are typically counterintuitive and original: "Today's EU, with its pinched spending (just over 1% of GDP), minuscule bureaucracy (around 16,000 officials, excluding translators), absence of independent taxation, and lack of any means of administrative enforcement, could in many ways be regarded as . . . a minimal state, beyond the most drastic imaginings of classical liberalism." The EU is too pro-business, expansionist territorially and yet too vague and diffident in its underlying mission and, above all, too pro-American. During the war on terror, Anderson continues scathingly, EU countries have "surrendered" to the demands of the United States: "Ireland furnished Shannon [airport] to the CIA for so many flights that locals dubbed it Guantánamo Express . . . Italy helped a large CIA team to kidnap . . . Poland . . . [had] torture-chambers constructed for 'high value detainees' – … [Read more...] about The New Old World by Perry Anderson