The Word Magic of Being: On the Mythical Origins of Thinking

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:

Series: Just Ideas

The Word Magic of Being: On the Mythical Origins of Thinking

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This chapter discusses how Ernst Cassirer traced the powers of symbolic form within the mythic origin of thinking. Nowhere in his studies does Cassirer label the archetypes of mythical thinking with Western concepts, however they mesmerized him in a way that calls him to see the human subject immersed in the world of myth. Based on an analysis of Cassirer's Myth of the State, this chapter concludes that myth carries a staying power throughout people's lives and within symbolic forms.

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; symbolic forms; thinking; myth; Myth of the State

Chapter.  12976 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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