International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy



The Warburg years (1919-1933)

Essays on language, art, myth, and technology

Ernst Cassirer

edited byAntonio Calcagno(King's University College, Western University)Steve G Lofts

Translated by Antonio Calcagno, Steve G Lofts


Jewish German philosopher Ernst Cassirer was a leading proponent of the Marburg school of neo-Kantianism. The essays in this volume provide a window into Cassirer's discovery of the symbolic nature of human existence-that our entire emotional and intellectual life is configured and formed through the originary expressive power of word and image, that it is in and through the symbolic cultural systems of language, art, myth, religion, science, and technology that human life realizes itself and attains not only its form, its visibility, but also its reality. Thought and being are set in opposition and united in genuine correspondence by the symbolic strife between them that Cassirer callsAuseinandersetzung,which determines the ethical relationship of the self to the other.

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Publication details

Publisher: Yale University Press

Place: New Haven

Year: 2013

Pages: 424

ISBN (hardback): 9780300108194

Full citation:

Cassirer Ernst (2013) The Warburg years (1919-1933): Essays on language, art, myth, and technology, ed. Calcagno Antonio, Lofts Steve G. New Haven, Yale University Press.