Cassirer's Metaphy

Donald Phillip Verene

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:
Cassirer's Metaphy

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This chapter, which focuses on the metaphysics of Ernst Cassirer, analyzes whether Cassirer has a metaphysics in the sense of having a doctrine of being, and examines the meaning of his “metaphysics of symbolic forms.” It suggests that Cassirer did not engage in a theory of being or in metaphysics in the traditional sense, and that he believed that all earlier theories of metaphysics were faulty inasmuch as they took some aspect of reality and declared it to be ultimate, and as a result became one-sided.

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; metaphysics; doctrine of being; symbolic forms; theory of being

Chapter.  4659 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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