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Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic FormsA Philosophical Commentary$
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Thora Bayer

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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Introduction: The Development of Cassirer's Philosophy

Introduction: The Development of Cassirer's Philosophy

(p.1) Introduction: The Development of Cassirer's Philosophy
Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms

Thora Ilin Bayer

Yale University Press

This book is a survey of the papers that led to the publication of a volume of twelve of Cassirer's essays and lectures from the last decade of his life, Symbol, Myth, and Culture. These were pieces in which Cassirer summarized and introduced to new audiences, in Sweden and principally in the United States, his conception of culture and symbolic form. Most prominent among the papers remained two manuscripts marked as an unpublished text of a fourth volume to his three-volume Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, published in the 1920s and translated into English in the 1950s. The first of these three volumes concerns language, the second, mythical thought, and the third is a phenomenology of knowledge, showing the genesis of scientific thought from pretheoretical expressive and representational functions of consciousness.

Keywords:   Cassirer, Sweden, United States, culture, symbolic form, scientific thought

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