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 that means of cassirer's declare that philosophy isn't itself a symbolic shape however the concept round which all points of human task are obvious as a complete. Underlying the symbolic types are Cassirer's metaphysical ideas, spirit (Geist) and existence, which have interaction to provide the truth of the human global. Bayer exhibits how those ideas of Cassirer's early philosophy are hooked up with the phenomenology of his later philosophy, which facilities on his belief of 'basis phenomena'—self, will, and paintings.
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Extra resources for Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms: A Philosophical Commentary
The experience of the duality of life and spirit requires language (; ). Language reveals the dependence of human beings on the interactions of life and spirit. For human beings to use language requires that words be spoken in time; words cannot be spoken simultaneously in a sentence. Language also requires that words retain a shared meaning; meaningful discourse is impossible without stable deﬁnitions. Language is ‘‘an unfolding as well as a limitation’’ and would stagnate were there no changes in the deﬁnitions and no organization of events, were there no dialectic between life and spirit (; ).
Cassirer’s examination of myth in his philosophy of symbolic forms shows this connection. 27 09:18 OCV:0 . PSF, : –. 27 09:18 OCV:0 in myth that the separation between nature and culture is born from the dialectic of life and spirit that is present in the world. Even when spirit has reached its furthest point from life through the highest development of language, it is still tied to life. Cassirer says, ‘‘Even the freest, truly autonomous acts of spirit still possess here, amid the high-handedness that they assert among themselves, a natural bond and ties’’ (; ).
This twofold nature of ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ or of ‘above’ and ‘below’ is itself not something that is already there and given. It is one of many spiritual aspects; it is only there as the ‘viewpoint’ of the spirit’’ (; ). Spirit as intellect is speciﬁcally human, diﬀerent from both animal life and the divine. ’ The particularly human intellect thinks in terms of the thing, and this manner of thinking separates human beings from both animal life and the divine. Cassirer says, ‘‘To be precise: the ‘thing’ is the speciﬁcally human category.