Time of the Magicians: Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the Decade That Reinvented Philosophy


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$30.00  $27.60
Penguin Press
Publish Date
August 18, 2020
6.1 X 9.3 X 1.7 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author

Wolfram Eilenberger is an internationally bestselling author and philosopher. He is the founding editor of Philosophie Magazin and hosts the television program Sternstunde Philosophie on the Swiss public broadcasting network SRF. In 2018, he published Time of the Magicians in Germany. The book instantly became a bestseller there, as well as in Italy and Spain, and won the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger in France. It has been translated into more than twenty languages. Eilenberger has been a prolific contributor of essays and articles to many publications, among them Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, and Cicero, and has taught at the University of Toronto, Indiana University Bloomington, and Berlin University of the Arts.


"An exemplary work . . . [Eilenberger's] lucid presentation of his characters' often hard-to-comprehend thinking and the muddy language in which they expressed it make this book invaluable for anyone seeking to learn about these extraordinary figures." --Kirkus (starred review)

"A vivid, rich and beautifully narrated book. It describes a remarkable intellectual constellation--four different ways of life and four answers to the question: What is human?" -- Rüdiger Safranski

"Wolfram Eilenberger... saves the wonder of philosophy, takes away the fear of the incomprehensible. He does not take sides, but he simply let the different approaches coexist, this is his capacity! He makes it fun to read about every of each four philosophers." -- Süddeutsche Zeitung