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Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics

Cassirer’s Transformation: From a Transcendental to a Semiotic Philosophy of Forms

Authors: Lassegue, Jean

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  • Shows how philosophy of science requires a more general philosophy of culture
  • Discusses Cassirer’s concept of “symbolic form” in depth
  • Examines the various modes of semiotic construction in science, myth, language and technology 
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This book presents the transformation of Cassirer’s transcendental point of view. At an early stage, Cassirer was confronted with a scientific crisis triggered by the emergence of various forms of objective knowledge, such as the plurality of geometric axiom systems and non-Euclidean geometry in relativistic physics. He finally developed a solution to the problematic unity of objective knowledge by replacing the overarching notion of objectivity with that of forms of objectification. This led him to consider the notion of “symbolic forms” as the driving force in the objectification process. This concept would become instrumental in demonstrating that the objective and human sciences are not adversaries; they merely differ in their modes of semiotic construction. These modes cannot be summarized in a fixed list of symbolic forms but operate transversally, at a level where Cassirer distinguishes between three specific operators: Expression, Evocation and Objectification. The last part of the book investigates how the relationships between these three operators stabilize specific symbolic forms. Four of these forms are then studied as examples: Myth and Ritual, Language, Scientific Knowledge, and Technology.


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cassirer’s Transformation: From a Transcendental to a Semiotic Philosophy of Forms
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Series Volume
55
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42905-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42905-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-42904-1
Series ISSN
2192-6255
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 190
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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