Ernst Cassirer was professor in Göteborg from 1935 to 1941. This episode of his life is little known, even though the Swedish years were very important. During that time of political turmoil he wrote several books and most of the papers that are now being published posthumously.
This book – based on recently discovered sources – gives a detailed picture of Cassirer’s life and work in Sweden. It explains how he was invited to Sweden and why he became a Swedish citizen. The analyses show how Cassirer’s exchange with Swedish philosophers influenced his work and shed new light on his development during exile.
This study also contains an introduction by John Michael Krois, a chronology of the Swedish years and a description of the long lost manuscript of
Das Erkenntnisproblem, volume four.
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2006. 264 pp.
Contents: John Michael Krois: Ernst Cassirer’s Philosophical Development in Sweden - An Unknown Chapter in Intellectual History
– The Swedish Years – The Philosophical Scene in Sweden at Cassirer’s time – Konrad Marc-Wogau and the Logic of Symbolic Forms
– Axel Hägerström and Uppsala Philosophy – Descartes and Queen Christina – Thomas Thorild and 18th Century Philosophy – Cassirer
in Göteborg – The Manuscript of Das Erkenntnisproblem, Volume 4 – Chronology – Cassirer’s Lectures in Sweden – Cassirer’s
Lectures and Seminars at Göteborg 1935-1941 – Cassirer’s Academic Writings during his Swedish Years.