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 itself a symbolic shape however the concept round which all facets of human job are obvious as an entire. Underlying the symbolic varieties are Cassirer's metaphysical rules, spirit (Geist) and existence, which have interaction to supply the truth of the human global. 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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Life, in contrast, cannot reﬂect or choose, because it does not have this kind of dialectical ability, the ability to recapitulate itself in new ways. The dialectical process of spirit is apparent in the mediacy of the symbolic forms. The forms are mediated by spirit, and ‘‘only by virtue of this mediacy, in the creation and destruction of these forms (dialectical process . . ), can spirit come to possess and know itself ’’ (; ). Each symbolic form is a mediator of spirit and life, whereas all symbolic forms are mediated through spirit’s dialectical activity.
Hegel’s aim is to produce a total account that comprehends all moments of experience in a progression. The Absolute is the standpoint of the whole that emerges when this progression is articulated. It is a single story, determinate in all its parts. Cassirer’s dialectic does not proceed from the Hegelian perspective of the Absolute. ’’ Cassirer understands the symbol as internally dialectical, comprising at once a particular content and a universal meaning, like Hegel’s Begriﬀ (‘‘concrete universal’’).
54 Until the appearance of The Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms, the discussion of the human organism in An Essay on Man was all that was known of Cassirer’s grounding of his conception of culture in a doctrine of the human. The second part of The Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms, as mentioned, is the essay ‘‘Basis Phenomena,’’ which he wrote about , in Sweden. 27 09:18 OCV:0 . ‘‘Albert Schweitzer as Critic of Nineteenth-Century Ethics,’’ in The Albert Schweitzer Jubilee Book, ed. A. A. : Sci-Art Publishers, ), –.