Cassirer's Enlightenment and Its Recent Critics: <i>Is Reason Out of Season?</i>

Fania Oz-salzberger

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 Enlightenment and Its Recent Critics: Is Reason Out of Season?

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This chapter, which examines Ernst Cassirer's views about the Enlightenment proposed in his book The Philosophy of the Enlightenment, proposes three ways by which to defend Cassirer against criticisms on his thoughts about the Enlightenment. These include mentioning the fact The Philosophy of the Enlightenment is a philosophical work and not a historical book, recontextualizing Cassirer in his time and highlighting his unrivalled grasp of the Enlightenment, its mood, its joys, and its intellectual climate.

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; Enlightenment; Philosophy of Enlightenment; philosophical work; historical book; intellectual climate

Chapter.  4152 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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