The Philosophy of Ernst Cassirer: a Novel Assessment


The Philosophy of Ernst Cassirer: a Novel Assessment



This volume brings Cassirer’s work into the arena of contemporary debates both within and outside of philosophy. All articles offer a fresh and contemporary look at one of the most prolific and important philosophers of the 20th century. The papers are authored by a wide array of scholars working in different areas, such as epistemology, philosophy of culture, sociology, psychopathology, philosophy of science and aesthetics.



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Walter De Gruyter






Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction 1

pt. I Cassirer and the Philosophy of Science

Ernst Cassirer and the History of Science / Massimo Ferrari 11

Mathematics to Quantum Mechanics On the Conceptual Unity of Cassirer's Philosophy of Science (1907--1937) / Thomas Mormann 31

A Retrospective View of Determinism and Indeterminism in Modern Physics / Thomas Ryckman 65

Holism and the Constitution of "Experience in its Entirety" Cassirer contra Quine on the Lessons of Duhem / Alan W. Richardson 103

Arithmetic and Number in the Philosophy of Symbolic Forms / Jeremy Heis 123

Intersubjectivity and Physical Laws in Post-Kantian Theory of Knowledge Natorp and Cassirer / Scott Edgar 141

Symbolic Form and Mental Illness: Ernst Cassirer's Contribution to a New Concept of Psychopathology / Norbert Andersch 163

pt. II Epistemology and the History of Philosophy

Marburg Neo-Kantianism as Philosophy of Culture / Samantha Matherne 201

Cassirer and Heidegger: The Cultural-Event The Auseinandersetzung of Thinking and Being / Steve G. Lofts 233

Cassirer's Retrieval of Kant's Copernican Revolution in Semiotics / Pierre Keller 259

The Concept of ̀Function' in Cassirer's Historical, Systematic, and Ethical Writings / Simon Truwant 289

The Varieties of Perception Non-Conceptual Content in Kant, Cassirer, and McDowell / Guido Kreis 313

pt. III The Philosophy of Culture Today

The First and Second Person Perspective in History: Or, Why History is ̀Culture Fiction' / Anne Pollok 341

Cassirer's Critique of Culture and the Several Tasks of the Critic / J. Tyler Friedman 361

The A Priori of Culture: Philosophy of Culture Between Rationalism and Relativism. The Example of Levi-Strauss' Structural Anthropology / Sebastian Lift 381

After Cassirer: Art and Aesthetic Symbols in Langer and Goodman / Curtis L. Carter 401

Humor as a Symbolic Form: Cassirer and the Culture of Comedy / Jennifer Marra 419

Cassirer on the "Objectity" of Evil The Symbolic Constitution of Der Mythus des 20 Jahrhunderts / Fabien Capeilleres 435

Subject index 469

Index of names 473

The Philosophy of Ernst Cassirer: a Novel Assessment