Ernst Cassirer: The Last Philosopher of Culture

Ernst Cassirer: The Last Philosopher of Culture

by Edward Skidelsky


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691152356
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/13/2011
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Edward Skidelsky is lecturer in philosophy at the University of Exeter, and a regular contributor to the British national press, including Prospect, the Daily Telegraph, and the New Statesman.

Table of Contents


Introduction 1

CHAPTER ONE: Prologue: The Alienation of Reason 9

CHAPTER TWO: The Marburg School 22

CHAPTER THREE: The New Logic 52

CHAPTER FOUR: Between Irony and Tragedy 71

CHAPTER FIVE: The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms 100

CHAPTER SIX: Logical Positivism 128

CHAPTER SEVEN: The Philosophy of Life 160

CHAPTER EIGHT: Heidegger 195

CHAPTER NINE: Politics 220




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John Michael Krois

A major accomplishment and an excellent introduction to Cassirer's philosophy. Most important, Skidelsky shows that Cassirer did not simply align himself with the tradition of German political thought reaching from Humboldt and Goethe to the later Thomas Mann, but that his entire philosophy was actually subservient to the project of rethinking the basis of political liberalism. Skidelsky overturns the widely accepted view that Cassirer was an apolitical epistemologist.
John Michael Krois, author of "Cassirer: Symbolic Forms and History"

Richard Wolin

It is remarkable that, until now, we have lacked a comprehensive intellectual biography of Ernst Cassirer in English. Skidelsky's accomplished study marvelously fills this void. His writing is refreshingly lucid; he provides a penetrating and insightful reconstruction of Cassirer's intellectual path.
Richard Wolin, author of "The Seduction of Unreason"

John Gray

Skidelsky's study of one of the great neglected twentieth-century theorists of culture and politics is welcome and timely. Subtle, erudite, and penetrating in its insights, Ernst Cassirer: The Last Philosopher of Culture will be compelling to anyone interested in the contradictions of modern culture and the future of liberal values.
John Gray, Emeritus Professor of European Thought, University of London

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