Ernst Cassirer

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Noun1.Ernst Cassirer - German philosopher concerned with concept formation in the human mind and with symbolic forms in human culture generally (1874-1945)
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The author presents a concept of humans as symbolizing beings that interpret themselves and are endowed with the capacity of self-determination, illustrating the philosophical foundation of this concept through the ideas of Neo-Kantian philosopher Ernst Cassirer and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan.
The issue of art in the philosophical speculation occupies an important place but, obviously, it received many solutions or definitions and some of them are diametrically opposed, as in the case of Ernst Cassirer and Benedetto Croce.
An influential top-down reading, exemplified by Ernst Cassirer, emphasized the "mere form of law." Recent bottom-up accounts emphasize the mind-independent natures of objects as the basis of laws of nature.
La actual critica historica cuestiona la fe que se deposito en el pasado en la fuente textual, lo que se ha llamado el "fetichismo" del documento, al punto que un autor como Ernst Cassirer considera que hoy es mas importante descubrir lo "falso" que lo verdadero y Foucault en La arqueologia del saber propone rastrear lo que ha sido excluido, las omisiones deliberadas, lo prohibido que acompana la "historia monumental", porque en definitiva en toda sociedad, "la produccion del discurso esta a la vez controlada, seleccionada y redistribuida por un cierto numero de procedimientos que tienen por funcion conjurar los poderes y peligros, dominar el acontecimiento aleatorio y esquivar su pesada y temible materialidad".
The Legacy of Liberal Judaism: Ernst Cassirer and Hannah Arendt's Hidden Conversation by Ned Curthoys.
(54) Karl Lamprecht's work also features as an example in the epistemological writings of Ernst Cassirer. (55) Cassirer's analysis of the Burckhardt tradition, written in the nineteen-thirties, showed how an emphasis on texts in cultural context threw up compelling questions about the role of historical sources in creating the historian's vision of the past, and about the need to think of texts not as reflecting the past but as mediating our knowledge of it.
Nonetheless, there are philosophical and epistemological works where we can find a very clear analysis of the difference existing between abstraction and idealization and, in this respect, the work of Ernst Cassirer is quite emblematic.