Ernst Cassirer's Theory of Myth: <i>On the Ethico-Political Dimension of His Debate with Martin Heidegger</i>

Jeffrey Andrew Barash

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's Theory of Myth: On the Ethico-Political Dimension of His Debate with Martin Heidegger

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This chapter examines Martin Heidegger's criticism on Ernst Cassirer's theory of myth, which it shows highlighted fundamental differences in their respective orientations to Western rationality. It considers Cassirer's later extrapolation of his presuppositions concerning myth and their application to the interpretation of modern political society, and suggests that his The Myth of the State is a response to Heidegger's critique.

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; theory of myth; Martin Heidegger; Western rationality; political society; Myth of State

Chapter.  7390 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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