Time of the Magicians: The Invention of Modern Thought, 1919-1929 (UK Edition)

December 9, 2020
Time of the Magicians: The Invention of Modern Thought, 1919-1929 (UK Edition)

A gripping narrative of the intertwined lives of thefour philosophers whose ideas reshaped the twentiethcenturyThe year is 1919. Walter Benjamin flees his overbearing fatherto scrape a living as a jobbing critic. Ludwig Wittgenstein signsaway his inheritance to teach schoolchildren in a provincialAustrian village, seeking spiritual clarity. Martin Heideggerrenounces his faith and align his fortunes with thephenomenological school of Edmund Husserl. Ernst Cassirer sketchesa new schema of human culture at the back of a cramped Berlin tram.The stage is set for a great intellectual drama, which will unfoldover the next decade. The lives and thought of this quartet willconverge and intertwine as each gains world historicalsignificance, between them remaking philosophy.Time of the Magicians tells the story of thisrevolution in Western thought through the remarkable and turbulentlives of its four protagonists, showing philosophy not gifted fromon high but worked out in the mess of everyday life, andilluminating with rare clarity their ideas.