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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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History and Philosophy in Ernst Cassirer's System of Symbolic Forms

History and Philosophy in Ernst Cassirer's System of Symbolic Forms

(p.40) Three History and Philosophy in Ernst Cassirer's System of Symbolic Forms
The Symbolic Construction of Reality

Fabien Capeillères

University of Chicago Press

This chapter, which examines the treatment of philosophy and history in Ernst Cassirer's theory of symbolic forms, analyzes the nature of history as a symbolic form, how history became a rigorous knowledge, and the essential methodological and historical steps of the phenomenology of historical knowledge sketched by Cassirer. It also evaluates the function of history in the final synthesis of the Cassirerian system, his philosophical anthropology.

Keywords:   Ernst Cassirer, philosophy, history, symbolic forms, rigorous knowledge, historical knowledge, philosophical anthropology

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