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Cassirer's <i>Philosophy of Symbolic Forms A Foundational Reading</i>

Gabriel Motzkin

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/9780226036892.003.0004
Cassirer's Philosophy of Symbolic Forms A Foundational Reading

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This chapter, which analyzes the foundational philosophy of Ernst Cassirer's The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, reveals that Cassirer's account of the origin of language is incoherent on his own terms. It suggests that the model used by Cassirer in explaining the relation between nature and culture is one of the few philosophically interesting designs that have been advanced for resolving this issue.

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; foundational philosophy; Symbolic Forms; origin of language; nature; culture

Chapter.  7383 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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