The Symbolic Construction of Reality

The Symbolic Construction of Reality

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In 1933 eminent philosopher Ernst Cassirer (1874a€“1945) fled Nazi Germany for the United States. His fame in Europe having already been established through a public debate with Martin Heidegger in 1929, Cassirer would go on to become a noteworthy influence on American culture. His most important early writings focused on the symbol and symbolic interaction, exploring how human culturesa€”from early myth-based ones to our own modern, scientifically oriented timea€”have used symbols to mediate the basic forms of experience. Following this work, Cassirer extended his insights to encompass a broad spectrum of philosophical themes: from investigations into Western epistemological and scientific traditions to aesthetics and the philosophy of history to anthropology and political philosophy. Reflecting this diversity in Cassirera€™s own work, The Symbolic Construction of Reality collects eleven essays by a wide range of contributors from different fields. Each essay analyzes a different aspect of his legacy, reassessing its significance for our contemporary world and bringing much-needed attention to this seminal thinker.a€œCassirer was rather a distinguished reflective scholar than a great speculative philosopher.a€ B. Blanshard, a€œReview of An Essay on Man, a€ Philosophical Review 54 (1945): 509a€“510. What B. Blanshard, a British philosopher teaching at Yale, anbsp;...

Title:The Symbolic Construction of Reality
Author: Jeffrey Andrew Barash
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2009-05-15

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