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History and Philosophy in Ernst Cassirer's System of Symbolic Forms

Fabien Capeillères

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226036892.003.0003
History and Philosophy in Ernst Cassirer's System of Symbolic Forms

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This chapter, which examines the treatment of philosophy and history in Ernst Cassirer's theory of symbolic forms, analyzes the nature of history as a symbolic form, how history became a rigorous knowledge, and the essential methodological and historical steps of the phenomenology of historical knowledge sketched by Cassirer. It also evaluates the function of history in the final synthesis of the Cassirerian system, his philosophical anthropology.

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; philosophy; history; symbolic forms; rigorous knowledge; historical knowledge; philosophical anthropology

Chapter.  13737 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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