Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms: A Philosophical by Thora Ilin Bayer

By Thora Ilin Bayer

This book—the first statement on Ernst Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms—provides an advent to the metaphysical perspectives that underlie the philosopher's conceptions of symbolic shape and human tradition. Thora Ilin Bayer makes a speciality of the which means of cassirer's declare that philosophy isn't really itself a symbolic shape however the idea round which all facets of human task are noticeable as an entire. Underlying the symbolic types are Cassirer's metaphysical rules, spirit (Geist) and lifestyles, which have interaction to provide the truth of the human international. Bayer indicates how those rules of Cassirer's early philosophy are hooked up with the phenomenology of his later philosophy, which facilities on his notion of 'basis phenomena'—self, will, and paintings.

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But if our methods have changed the thing itself has by no means vanished. ’’ The politician, Cassirer says, becomes a sort of public fortune-teller. 27 09:18 OCV:0 . The Myth of the State, . Introduction /  6130 Bayer / CASSIRER’S METAPHYSICS OF SYMBOLIC FORMS / sheet 46 of 220 to explain the reasons for the attack on the Jews. ’’ Cassirer asks why Hitler, in his last address, marking the eleventh anniversary of his regime, abandons the theme of the conquest of the world by the German race; he is obsessed with only one thing—the threat posed by the Jews.

To define itself, spirit requires various forms of meaning; this multiplicity stands in contrast to the sense of unity that typifies life. Life is not a simple unity, because its unity draws together the diversity present in spirit. These differences are preserved in its unity. Life is ‘‘the primordial fact,’’ whose ‘‘dispersion in a multitude of different directions is quite essential—and that precisely is the ‘primary phenomenon’ of Life itself, that it asserts its deep unshakable unity in this divergency’’ (; ).

This ability to judge is one of the most significant aspects of spirit. Spirit is able to judge itself because it is able to look at itself; life cannot look at itself. In spirit, ‘‘and herein lies perhaps its true depth and its final mystery,’’ all evaluation of action occurs (; ). ’’ 6 Spirit is the only process able to judge itself. Spirit’s capacity to judge depends on its own internal dialectical movement. To judge and choose, spirit must be able to reflect, to turn against itself and see its various possibilities.

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