June 18, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 336 Pages
ISBN 9781138907133 - CAT# Y185951
Series: The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms
"The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms is a milestone in twentieth century philosophy, promoting a philosophical vision informed by Kant’s critique, incorporating the philosophical advances achieved in the nineteenth century by German Idealism and Neo-Kantianism, acknowledging the contributions made by his contemporary phenomenologists, and extending to empirical and historical research on culture and the most contemporary work on myth, linguistics and psychopathology. It ranks in philosophical importance along with other major works of the twentieth century, such as Edmund Husserl’s Logical Investigations, Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time, and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.
In the first volume, Cassirer explores the symbolic form of language. Already recognized by thinkers in the tradition of German Idealism, such as Wilhelm von Humboldt, language is the primary medium by which we interact with others and form a common world. As Cassirer emphasizes in the famous Davos Debate with Heidegger, "there is one objective human world, in which a bridge is built from individual to individual. That I find in the primal phenomenon of language." The famous trias Cassirer discerns in the functioning of language – the functions of expression (Ausdruck), presentation (Darstellung), and signification (Bedeutung) – has become paradigmatic for accounts of language, philosophical, linguistic, and anthropological alike."- Sebastian Luft, Professor of Philosophy, Marquette University, USA
This new translation makes Cassirer’s seminal work available to a new generation of scholars. Each volume includes an introduction by Steve Lofts, a foreword by Peter Gordon, a glossary of key terms, and an index.
Steve Lofts is Professor of Philosophy at King’s University College, Canada. He is the translator of Cassirer’s The Logic of the Cultural Sciences and The Warburg Years (1919-1933): Essays on Language, Art, Myth, and Technology.
Foreword Peter E. Gordon
Translator’s Preface S. G. Lofts
Translator’s Introduction: The Question Concerning the Human – Life, Form, and Freedom: On the Way to an Open Cosmopolitanism S. G. Lofts
Translator’s Acknowledgements S. G. Lofts
Introduction and the Framing of the Problem
1. The Problem of Language in the History of Philosophy
2. Language in the Phase of Sensible Expression
3. Language in the Phase of Intuitive Expression
4. Language as the Expression of Conceptual Thinking – The Form of the Linguistic Formation of Concept and Class
5. Language and the Expression of the Pure Forms of Relation – The Sphere of Judgment and the Concepts of Relation [Relation].
Glossary of Terms
Index of Proper Names