July 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 544 Pages
ISBN 9781138907249 - CAT# Y185962
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 3: The Phenomenology of Knowledge is a fascinating exploration of epistemology, examining themes of knowledge, perception and consciousness across the human sciences, including significant arguments concerning knowledge in mathematics and the physical sciences.
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 Phenomenology of Symbolic Creative Cognition – the Unfolding of the Symbolic Function and the Construction of a Pure Theory of the Symbolic S. G. Lofts
Translator’s Acknowledgements S. G. Lofts.
Part 1: The Expressive Function and the World of Expression
1. Subjective and Objective Analysis
2. The Expressive Phenomenon as the Basic Element of Perceptual Consciousness
3. The Expressive Function and the Mind-Body-Problem
Part 2: The Problem of Representation [Repräsentation] and the Construction of the Intuitive World
1. The Concept and the Problem of Representation [Repräsentation]
2. Thing and Property
4. The Intuition of Time
5. Symbolic Pregnance
6. Toward the Pathology of Symbolic Consciousness
Part 3: The Function of Signification and the Construction of Scientific Cognition
1. Toward a Theory of the Concept
2. Concept and Object
3. Language and Science – Thing Signs and Ordinal Signs
4. The Object of Mathematics
5. The Foundations of Natural Scientific Cognition
Appendix: "Spirit" and "Life" in Contemporary Philosophy (1930).
Index of Proper Names.