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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's Theory of Myth: On the Ethico-Political Dimension of His Debate with Martin Heidegger

Ernst Cassirer's Theory of Myth: On the Ethico-Political Dimension of His Debate with Martin Heidegger

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(p.114) Seven Ernst Cassirer's Theory of Myth: On the Ethico-Political Dimension of His Debate with Martin Heidegger
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The Symbolic Construction of Reality
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Jeffrey Andrew Barash

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226036892.003.0007

This chapter examines Martin Heidegger's criticism on Ernst Cassirer's theory of myth, which it shows highlighted fundamental differences in their respective orientations to Western rationality. It considers Cassirer's later extrapolation of his presuppositions concerning myth and their application to the interpretation of modern political society, and suggests that his The Myth of the State is a response to Heidegger's critique.

Keywords:   Ernst Cassirer, theory of myth, Martin Heidegger, Western rationality, political society, Myth of State

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