Symbolic Forms for a New Humanity: Cultural and Racial Reconfigurations of Critical Theory / Edition 4

Symbolic Forms for a New Humanity: Cultural and Racial Reconfigurations of Critical Theory / Edition 4

by Drucilla Cornell, Kenneth Michael Panfilio
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823232506

ISBN-13: 9780823232505

Pub. Date: 10/13/2010

Publisher: Fordham University Press

In dialogue with afro-caribbean philosophy, this book seeks in Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms a new vocabulary for approaching central intellectual and political issues of our time. For Cassirer, what makes humans unique is that we are symbolizing creatures destined to come into a world through varied symbolicforms; we pluralistically work with and develop

Overview

In dialogue with afro-caribbean philosophy, this book seeks in Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms a new vocabulary for approaching central intellectual and political issues of our time. For Cassirer, what makes humans unique is that we are symbolizing creatures destined to come into a world through varied symbolicforms; we pluralistically work with and develop these forms as we struggle to come to terms with who we are and our place in the universe.This approach can be used as a powerful challenge to hegemonic modes of study that mistakenly place the Western world at the center of intellectual and political life. Indeed, the authors argue that the symbolic dimension of Cassirer's thinking of possibility can be linked to a symbolic dimension in revolution via the ideas of Frantz Fanon, who argued that revolution must be a thoroughgoing cultural process, in which what isat stake is nothing less than how we symbolize a new humanity and bring into being a new set of social institutions worthy of that new humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823232505
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
10/13/2010
Series:
Just Ideas Series
Edition description:
4
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 The World of Symbolic Forms: Ernst Cassirer and the Legacy of Immanuel Kant 15

2 The Word Magic of Being: On the Mythical Origins of Thinking 33

3 The Always Unfinished Project of Modernity: The Fragile Life of Symbols 66

4 Transformative Revolution: Repairing the Fractured Ethical World 95

5 Unfree Black Labor: The Telos of History and the Struggle against Racialized Capitalism 125

Conclusion: The Work of Transformative Constitutionalism 151

Notes 177

Bibliography 193

Index 201

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