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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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Ernst Cassirer on Nicholas of Cusa: Between Conjectural Knowledge and Religious Pluralism

Ernst Cassirer on Nicholas of Cusa: Between Conjectural Knowledge and Religious Pluralism

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(p.17) Two Ernst Cassirer on Nicholas of Cusa: Between Conjectural Knowledge and Religious Pluralism
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The Symbolic Construction of Reality
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Yossef Schwartz

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226036892.003.0002

This chapter analyzes Ernst Cassirer's concept of religion both generally as it fits within his theory and specifically in relation to the historical problematization of European secularization, the idea of enlightenment, and the political problem of tolerance. It explains Cassirer's notion of the “religious” as an unsystematic cultural symbolic system and analyzes his interpretation of the philosophy of the Enlightenment. The chapter also shows how Cassirer's interpretation of religion and the Enlightenment influenced his reading of Nicholas of Cusa.

Keywords:   Ernst Cassirer, religion, European secularization, tolerance, Enlightenment, cultural symbolic system, Nicholas of Cusa

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