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The Symbolic Construction of RealityThe Legacy of Ernst Cassirer$
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Jeffrey Andrew Barash

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226036861

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226036892.001.0001

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Symbol and History: Ernst Cassirer's Critique of the Philosophy of History

Symbol and History: Ernst Cassirer's Critique of the Philosophy of History

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(p.3) One Symbol and History: Ernst Cassirer's Critique of the Philosophy of History
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The Symbolic Construction of Reality
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Enno Rudolph

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226036892.003.0001

This chapter, which examines Ernst Cassirer's criticism on the philosophy of history, clarifies Cassirer's concept of history and explains how it differs from teleological models of history. It shows how Cassirer distanced himself from Immanuel Kant in his philosophy of culture and critique of the “deterministic” model of Kant's moral theory. The chapter also argues that his functional concept of culture does not allow for moral substantialism.

Keywords:   Ernst Cassirer, philosophy of history, teleological models, Immanuel Kant, philosophy of culture, moral theory, moral substantialism

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