Symbol and History: <i>Ernst Cassirer's Critique of the Philosophy of History</i>

Enno Rudolph

in The Symbolic Construction of Reality

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226036861
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226036892 | DOI:
Symbol and History: Ernst Cassirer's Critique of the Philosophy of History

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This chapter, which examines Ernst Cassirer's criticism on the philosophy of history, clarifies Cassirer's concept of history and explains how it differs from teleological models of history. It shows how Cassirer distanced himself from Immanuel Kant in his philosophy of culture and critique of the “deterministic” model of Kant's moral theory. The chapter also argues that his functional concept of culture does not allow for moral substantialism.

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; philosophy of history; teleological models; Immanuel Kant; philosophy of culture; moral theory; moral substantialism

Chapter.  5685 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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