Ernst Cassirer on Nicholas of Cusa: <i>Between Conjectural Knowledge and Religious Pluralism</i>

Yossef Schwartz

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:
Ernst Cassirer on Nicholas of Cusa: Between Conjectural Knowledge and Religious Pluralism

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This chapter analyzes Ernst Cassirer's concept of religion both generally as it fits within his theory and specifically in relation to the historical problematization of European secularization, the idea of enlightenment, and the political problem of tolerance. It explains Cassirer's notion of the “religious” as an unsystematic cultural symbolic system and analyzes his interpretation of the philosophy of the Enlightenment. The chapter also shows how Cassirer's interpretation of religion and the Enlightenment influenced his reading of Nicholas of Cusa.

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; religion; European secularization; tolerance; Enlightenment; cultural symbolic system; Nicholas of Cusa

Chapter.  9448 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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