The Myth of the State Revisited: <i>Ernst Cassirer and Modern Political Theory</i>

Joseph Mali

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:
The Myth of the State Revisited: Ernst Cassirer and Modern Political Theory

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This chapter reevaluates Ernst Cassirer's The Myth of the State and its legacy in modern political theory. It suggests that while Cassirer had contributed to the epochal discovery of myth as a “new force” in political reality, he failed to realize the full meanings and implications of this discovery: myth is crucial to the constitution of modern political communities. The chapter also mentions Cassirer's admission that in The Myth of the State he had sought to rectify the fallacies of his earlier work on myth, fallacies that were typical among the liberal intellectuals.

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; Myth of State; modern political theory; myth; political communities; political reality; liberal intellectuals

Chapter.  11579 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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