From left to right:  Roberto Angeloni, unknown, Simon Truwant, Beate Brockmann, Norbert Andersch, Tyler Friedman, Olga Knizhnik, Scott Edgar, Anne Pollok, Ingmar Meland, Steve Lofts, Massimo Ferrari, Samantha Matherne, Jeremy Heis, Guido Kreis, Pierre Keller, Fabien Capeilleres, SL.



Marquette University,  Milwaukee,  Wednesday,  June 18 (afternoon) – Saturday, June 21 (afternoon), 2014

organized  by  Sebastian Luft

Generously Funded by:

The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Marquette University

The Helen Way Klingler Fellowship Fund, Marquette University

De Gruyter Publishers

The Rudolf and Helga Kaden Fund (Greater Milwaukee Fund)


Conference Picture for download:



The philosopher Ernst Cassirer (1874-1945) is one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. Indeed, he occupies, in the words of Stanford philosopher Michael Friedman, “a unique space in twentieth-century philosophy,” since he was able to navigate between “logicist” and “existential” tendencies in contemporary philosophy. For that reason, Cassirer has been promoted (by Friedman and others since then) as someone who is the central figure to overcome the fateful split between “analytic” and “continental” philosophy. Cassirer’s oeuvre is vast; it spans the history of philosophy, theoretical philosophy, the philosophy of mathematics, cultural studies and intellectual history, aesthetics, the study of language and myth, and more. At the height of his reputation in 1930, he became – as one of the only four Jews – the Rektor of a German University (Hamburg). But already three years later, Cassirer was driven out of his native Germany. He fled to England, then Sweden, before arriving in the United States in 1941, where he held visiting appointments at Yale and Columbia University. During his short time in North America, Cassirer managed to attract a circle of students, and one can only imagine how much greater his influence would have been had he lived and taught longer. Indeed, he was quickly recognized as a major figure in contemporary philosophy in the US, which is evidenced by the fact that a volume in the prestigious Library of Living Philosophers was dedicated to his work (the book was completed after his passing, in 1949, but experienced two further reprints). An Essay on Man, his penultimate book, written in English for the American audience, was on many undergraduate curricula in the post-war period. After having been eclipsed by Heidegger and the philosophers of Postmodernism, his star has been on the rise again in Europe as of the 1990s. Interest in North America has been growing steadily since around 2000.
This venue is the first large-scale and international conference on the philosophy of Ernst Cassirer in North America. Speakers come from USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, England, and Belgium.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:  Norbert Andersch (London), Fabien Capeilleres (Université de Caen), Curtis Carter (Marquette), Scott Edgar (St. Mary's/Halifax), Massimo Ferrari (Universita di Torino), Tyler Friedman (Marquette), Jeremy Heis (UC Irvine), Guido Kreis (Universität Bonn), Pierre Keller (UC Riverside), Stephen Lofts (King's, London/ON), Sebastian Luft (Marquette), Jennifer Marra (Marquette), Samantha Matherne (UC Santa Cruz), Ingmar Meland (Gothenburg), Anne Pollok (South Carolina), Alan Richardson (UBC, British Columbia), Thomas Ryckman (Stanford), Simon Truwant (KULeuven).

INFORMATION FOR GUESTS AND VISITORS:  You are cordially welcome, but PLEASE RSVP FOR THE SAKE OF CATERING ARRANGEMENTS (sending me an email will suffice).


CONFERENCE SITESThe Conference Sites will be Ballroom CD on the third floor of the Alumni Memorial Union on Thursday, June 18, and for the rest of the conference the Beaumier Suites B & C (downstairs) in the Raynor Memorial Library (1355 West Wisconsin Ave).  VISITORS NEED A BADGE TO GET INTO THE LIBRARY.  PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS A GUEST AND ASK FOR A BADGE AT THE FRONT DESK OF THE LIBRARY.

Click here for a map of the Campus.  The Union is # 61 and the Library is # 20 on the map.

Click here for directions to Marquette University by various means of transportation.  Click here for information about visitor parking at Marquette (though the conference hotel provides parking in walking distance from the venues).


A room block has been reserved at the Ambassador Hotel within walking distance to the conference location and downtown.  The conference rate for the Ambassador Hotel ranges from $109 (single occupancy) to $129 (quad occupancy).  To get the conference rate, please mention the name "Marquette University Philosophy Conference."  To make reservations, call 1-888-322-3326 or click here to book directly with the conference rate.  Note that the room block will be held until MAY 18.


On-campus housing is available from $50 (single occupancy) to $90 (quad occupancy).  Breakfast, to which guests are not obliged, costs an additional $ 6.15.  To make reservations, please contact Carrie Enea by email or phone (414-288-7208) and please mention that you are part of the Cassirer Conference.  Note that the room block will be held until MAY 17.


For those traveling directly to Milwaukee:

For information on Mitchell International Airport, click here, and for ground transportation from the Airport, click here.  Expect a taxi ride from the Airport to either the University or the Hotel to cost ca. $ 25-30.

For those traveling to Chicago First:

If you fly into Chicago's O'Hare Airport, the most convenient way to get to Milwaukee is to take the shuttle bus "Coach USA" that rides hourly from early morning to late night.  The ride takes 90 minutes.  It is advised that you buy tickets ahead (online).  From the drop-off location downtown (by the Amtrak Train Station), it is best to take a taxi cab to the hotel or university (ca. $ 10).

General Information for Visitors to Milwaukee:

For more information on what Milwaukee has to offer, click here

Cassirer would have encouraged you to see the Milwaukee Art Museum.  For information about the Museum, including the building and the Calatrava-designed Burke Brise Soleil, click here.  During time of the conference, there will be a special exhibition of works by Kandinsky.

Another Kleinod to see in Milwaukee is the newly opened Jewish Museum, which details, among other things, Jewish life in Milwaukee, the city in which Golda Meir was born. 

While at Marquette, you should also see the Haggerty Museum on campus.

Finally, Gunther von Hagen's "Body Worlds" will be exhibited in the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Click here for a map of downtown Milwaukee.

Milwaukee also has an excellent restaurant selection.  Check here for a general overview, although I will provide a list of recommend venues, both close to campus as well as downtown.

Other useful links: 

Marquette University

Marquette University Philosophy Department

Internationale Cassirer-Gesellschaft

New Studies in the History and Historiography of Philosophy, edited by Gerald Hartung (Wuppertal) and Sebastian Luft


For questions concerning local arrangements and related issues, please email Sebastian Luft