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Practicing “Intertextuality”: <i>Ernst Cassirer and Hermann Cohen on Myth and Monotheism</i>

Almut Sh. Bruckstein

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/9780226036892.003.0010
Practicing “Intertextuality”: Ernst Cassirer and Hermann Cohen on Myth and Monotheism

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This chapter examines the influence of Hermann Cohen on Ernst Cassirer's work on myth and monotheism. It suggests that Cohen's reading of Jewish literature was a formative influence on Cassirer's analysis of myth, and shows Cassirer's indebtedness to Cohen's critical idealist method and his prophetic humanism. The chapter also investigates how Cassirer carried critical idealism beyond Kantian philosophy in order to save its political and philosophical potency at a time when abstract, liberal idealism had most definitely lost its power.

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer; Herman Cohen; myth; Monotheism; Jewish literature; critical idealism; prophetic humanism; Kantian philosophy; liberal idealism

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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