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The Space of CultureTowards a Neo-Kantian Philosophy of Culture (Cohen, Natorp, and Cassirer)$
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Sebastian Luft

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198738848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738848.001.0001

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The Transformation of the “Transcendental Method” into a Critique of the Plurality of Cultural Formations

The Transformation of the “Transcendental Method” into a Critique of the Plurality of Cultural Formations

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(p.118) (p.119) 3 The Transformation of the “Transcendental Method” into a Critique of the Plurality of Cultural Formations
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The Space of Culture
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Sebastian Luft

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738848.003.0004

The presentation of Cassirer’s system of symbolic formation, in this chapter, is different from most other presentations, in that the chapter first lays out his system straightforwardly, without discussing the critiques at each juncture. The presentation focuses on the central concept of Cassirer’s philosophy, the symbol and the symbolic, and adumbrates the meaning of this phenomenon following rather unorthodox avenues. The presentation of the different symbolic forms is exhaustive enough to get a grasp of Cassirer’s philosophical system and its meaning as a transcendental critique of culture. This systematic sketch clarifies Cassirer’s symbolic idealism, the overall thesis that the world is mediated through symbolic forms.

Keywords:   Ernst Cassirer, Goethe, from substance to function, symbolic forms, symbolic idealism

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