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Cassirer, Ernst (1874–1945)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


German philosopher, a representative of the Marburg neo-Kantian school, born in Breslau, Silesia, taught at various universities in Germany, Britain, Sweden, and the United States. Cassirer defined man as the symbolizing animal and maintained that symbolic representation is the fundamental function of human consciousness. His philosophy is a Kantian transcendental analysis of the nature and function of symbolic representation, with the aim of examining the organizing principles of the human mind in all its aspects, including science, art, religion, and language. His most important work is The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms (3 vols. 1923–9). Other works include The Problem of Knowledge in the Philosophy and Science of Modern Times (4 vols, 1906–20), Language and Myths (1925), An Essay on Man (1945), and The Myth of the State (1947). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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