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Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms
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Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms: A Philosophical Commentary

Thora Bayer

Abstract

This book—a commentary on Ernst Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms—provides an introduction to the metaphysical views that underlie the philosopher's conceptions of symbolic form and human culture. It focuses on the meaning of Cassirer's claim that philosophy is not itself a symbolic form but the thought around which all aspects of human activity are seen as a whole. Underlying the symbolic forms are Cassirer's two metaphysical principles, spirit (Geist) and life, which interact to produce the reality of the human world. The book shows how these two principles of Cassirer's early philoso ... More

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer, Metaphysics, Symbolic Forms, metaphysical views, symbolic form, human culture, human activity, metaphysical principles, spirit, Geist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780300083316
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300083316.001.0001

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Thora Bayer, author

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