Wolfram Eilenberger was for many years Editor-in-Chief of Philosophie Magazin. He has taught philosophy at the University of Toronto, Indiana University, the Berlin University of the Arts and ETH Zurich. His previous books include studies of the philosophies of Nostradamus and Mikhail Bakhtin and guides to the application of philosophy in everyday life. This book, his ninth, was a bestseller on publication in Germany, where it won the prestigious Bayerischer Buchpreis, and is being translated into more than twenty languages.
A tour de force. Eilenberger unfolds new paths for philosophy itself -- Susan Neiman Recalls an age when philosophers reinvented a world in full meltdown - one that needed to be remade down to its very punctuation - and turns famous names into all too human characters -- Benjamin Moser Fluently blending biography with intellectual history, Time of the Magicians reveals catastrophe as the mother of modern philosophy. It is hard to imagine a more bracing way to reflect on our own times -- Pankaj Mishra Packed with personal stories as well as erudition, this is a book that teaches us both how to live through a time of crisis, and how to think about it - skills we now need once again -- Anne Applebaum A fascinating tour through the lives and thought of some of the most challenging philosophers of the twentieth century: Benjamin, Cassirer, and those two matching gnomic magi, Wittgenstein and Heidegger. It is a book of riches - full of stories as well as ideas, all brought together with a fine light touch -- Sarah Bakewell