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The article Heidegger and Cassirer on Schematism. Reflections on an Intercultural Philosophy is about Kantian schematism, which, among other aspects, was a central concern of the philosophers Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger. It is argued that the Davos debate cannot be reduced to the event of the Davos University Conference of 1929, but that the debate had already taken place before and after in the form of written arguments. In addition to an interpretation of both thinkers with regard to Kantian schematism, the article wants to develop schematism in a methodological sense for a practice of intercultural philosophizing. For this purpose, examples from the Japanese philosophy of the Kyoto School will be drawn upon. Thereby, the understanding of the foreign in the light of the own is explained via a doctrine of embodied schematism. The latter will be plausibilized via current results produced by embodiment philosophy.

In: Kyoto in Davos. Intercultural Readings of the Cassirer-Heidegger Debate
What does it mean to be human? We invite the reader to discuss this most fundamental issue in philosophy and to do so in an intercultural framework. The question of the human was the starting point for a legendary discussion between two German philosophers who met in Davos in 1929. We return to this historical event and re-imagine the debate between Martin Heidegger and Ernst Cassirer from a global perspective. Generating twenty papers from elaborate discussions, our authors contribute to the thought experiment by inviting the Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitarō from Kyoto and other Japanese thinkers into the debate to overcome the challenge of Eurocentrism inherent to these historic days in Davos.