May 20, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 304 Pages
ISBN 9781138907201 - CAT# Y185959
Series: The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms
Ernst Cassirer occupies a unique space in Twentieth-century philosophy. A great liberal humanist, his multi-faceted work spans the history of philosophy, the philosophy of science, intellectual history, aesthetics, epistemology, the study of language and myth, and more.
The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms is Cassirer's most important work. It was first published in German in 1923, the third and final volume appearing in 1929. In it Cassirer presents a radical new philosophical worldview - at once rich, creative and controversial - of human beings as fundamentally "symbolic animals", placing signs and systems of expression between themselves and the world.
This major new translation, the first for over fifty years, brings Cassirer's magnum opus to a new generation of students and scholars.
Volume 2: Mythical Thought considers the role of myth in human thought and expression. Cassirer examines the main features of morphology of myth before tackling the relationship between myth and self-consciousness. He argues that human beings' experience of the world around them is charged with affective and emotional significance, as desirable or hateful, comforting or threatening. It is this type of meaning which underlies mythical consciousness and explains its disregard for the distinction between appearance and reality. From mythical thought religion and art develop, Cassirer argues, making the mythical view of the world the earliest form of philosophical expression.
Correcting important errors in previous English editions, this translation reflects the contributions of significant advances in Cassirer scholarship over the last twenty to thirty years. Each volume includes a new introduction and translator's notes by S. G. Lofts, a foreword by Peter Gordon, a glossary of key terms, and a thorough index.
Foreword Peter E. Gordon
Translator’s Preface S. G. Lofts
Translator’s Introduction: A Transcendental Critique of Mythical-Religious Consciousness – Identity Thinking, the Natural Attitude, and an Immanence in the Sacred Sense of Life S. G. Lofts
Translator’s Acknowledgements S. G. Lofts.
Introduction: The Problem of A "Philosophy of Mythology"
Part 1: Myth as Thought-Form
1. The Character and Basic Tendency of Mythical Object Consciousness
2. The Individual Categories of Mythical Thinking
Part 2: Myth as Form of Intuition – The Construction and Organization of the Spatial-Temporal World in Mythical Consciousness
1. The Basic Opposition
2. The Basic Features of a Morphology of Myth – Space, Time, and Number
Part 3: Myth as Life-Form – The Discovery and Determination of Subjective Reality in Mythical Consciousness
1. The I and the Soul
2. The Forming Emergence of the Feeling of Self from the Mythical Feeling of Unity and Life
3. Cult and Sacrifice
Part 4: The Dialectic of Mythical Consciousness.
Index of Proper Names.