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The World of Symbolic Forms: Ernst Cassirer and the Legacy of Immanuel Kant

Drucilla Cornell and Kenneth Michael Panfilio

in Symbolic Forms for a New Humanity

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232505
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823232505.003.0002

Series: Just Ideas

The World of Symbolic Forms: Ernst Cassirer and the Legacy of Immanuel Kant

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This chapter traces the trajectory of Ernst Cassirer's intellectual thought and his unique relationship to thinkers in the tradition of German Idealism. It examines how Cassirer reworked the schema and idea of synthetic judgment in the work of Immanuel Kant to enable the formulation of a sophisticated philosophy of symbolic forms that is both ideational and regulative. This chapter also evaluates how language in symbolic form operates in Cassirer's philosophy through universal applicability and vivification.

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; symbolic forms; intellectual thought; German Idealism; Immanuel Kant

Chapter.  7455 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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