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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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Cassirer's Enlightenment and Its Recent Critics: Is Reason Out of Season?

Cassirer's Enlightenment and Its Recent Critics: Is Reason Out of Season?

(p.163) Nine Cassirer's Enlightenment and Its Recent Critics: Is Reason Out of Season?
The Symbolic Construction of Reality

Fania Oz-salzberger

University of Chicago Press

This chapter, which examines Ernst Cassirer's views about the Enlightenment proposed in his book The Philosophy of the Enlightenment, proposes three ways by which to defend Cassirer against criticisms on his thoughts about the Enlightenment. These include mentioning the fact The Philosophy of the Enlightenment is a philosophical work and not a historical book, recontextualizing Cassirer in his time and highlighting his unrivalled grasp of the Enlightenment, its mood, its joys, and its intellectual climate.

Keywords:   Ernst Cassirer, Enlightenment, Philosophy of Enlightenment, philosophical work, historical book, intellectual climate

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