Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms

Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms

A Philosophical Commentary

eBook - 2001
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"This book - the first commentary on Ernst Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms - provides an introduction to the metaphysical views that underlie the philosopher's conceptions of symbolic form and human culture." "Thora Ilin Bayer focuses on the meaning of Cassirer's claim that philosophy is not itself a symbolic form but the thought around which all aspects of human activity are seen as a whole. Underlying the symbolic forms are Cassirer's two metaphysical principles, spirit (Geist) and life, which interact to produce the reality of the human world. Bayer shows how these two principles of Cassirer's early philosophy are connected with the phenomenology of his later philosophy, which focuses on his conception of "basis phenomena" - self, will, and work. Cassirer ultimately conceives his philosophy as a form of the ancient Socratic quest for human self-knowledge, in which the self makes its own nature by means of the power symbolism has to create the distinctively human works that constitute culture."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2001.
ISBN: 0300083319
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (210 p.)


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