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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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The Myth of the State Revisited: Ernst Cassirer and Modern Political Theory

The Myth of the State Revisited: Ernst Cassirer and Modern Political Theory

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The Symbolic Construction of Reality

Joseph Mali

University of Chicago Press

This chapter reevaluates Ernst Cassirer's The Myth of the State and its legacy in modern political theory. It suggests that while Cassirer had contributed to the epochal discovery of myth as a “new force” in political reality, he failed to realize the full meanings and implications of this discovery: myth is crucial to the constitution of modern political communities. The chapter also mentions Cassirer's admission that in The Myth of the State he had sought to rectify the fallacies of his earlier work on myth, fallacies that were typical among the liberal intellectuals.

Keywords:   Ernst Cassirer, Myth of State, modern political theory, myth, political communities, political reality, liberal intellectuals

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