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Dreamland of Humanists
Author: Emily J. Levine

ISBN: 9780226061689
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 20 October 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.3
Emily Levine ponders the unexpected efflorescence, in Hamburg, of a serious school of humanist scholarship-an eventuality that came to pass between 1919 and 1933, Germany's years of democratic experiment-and sets up a deeply riveting account of how Hamburg ultimately became a place where ideas, in addition to market goods, were exported. She begins with the founding of the University of Hamburg in 1919 (guided by Aby Warburg-a man with a vision, a family with means, and a civic tradition). Hamburgers sought to create a preeminent international university whose intellectual life would assume the characteristics of this city: pioneering in spirit, open-minded, and oriented toward the outside world rather than exclusively toward Germany. We meet Ernst Cassirer, the first chair of philosophy at the city's new university (denied a professorship in Berlin because he was a Jew). Cassirer notably promoted a frame of vision that placed German thought into the context of European intellectual history, an agreeable stance for partnering with Hamburg's reimagined urban identity. Art historian Erwin Panofsky soon joined Cassirer in 1921. His revolutionary art historical approach, l...

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