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The Symbolic Construction of Reality: The Legacy of Ernst Cassirer

Jeffrey Andrew Barash


In 1933, eminent philosopher Ernst Cassirer (1874–1945) fled Nazi Germany for the United States. His fame in Europe having already been established through a public debate with Martin Heidegger in 1929, he would go on to become a noteworthy influence on American culture. Cassirer's most important early writings focused on the symbol and symbolic interaction, exploring how human cultures—from early myth-based ones to our own modern, scientifically oriented time—have used symbols to mediate the basic forms of experience. Following this work, Cassirer extended his insights to encompass a broad sp ... More

Keywords: Ernst Cassirer, philosopher, Martin Heidegger, symbolism, symbols, aesthetics, philosophy of history, anthropology, political philosophy, traditions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226036861
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226036892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Andrew Barash, editor