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

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

(p.174) Ten Practicing “Intertextuality”: Ernst Cassirer and Hermann Cohen on Myth and Monotheism
The Symbolic Construction of Reality

Almut Sh. Bruckstein

University of Chicago Press

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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