By Thora Ilin Bayer
This book—the first observation on Ernst Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms—provides an advent to the metaphysical perspectives that underlie the philosopher's conceptions of symbolic shape and human tradition. Thora Ilin Bayer makes a speciality of the that means of cassirer's declare that philosophy isn't itself a symbolic shape however the suggestion round which all facets of human task are noticeable as a complete. Underlying the symbolic varieties are Cassirer's metaphysical rules, spirit (Geist) and existence, which have interaction to supply the truth of the human international. Bayer exhibits how those ideas of Cassirer's early philosophy are hooked up with the phenomenology of his later philosophy, which facilities on his belief of 'basis phenomena'—self, will, and paintings.
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In particular contexts, spirit is considered as subjective, but in Cassirer’s metaphysics as a whole, spirit is objective, in the sense of a shared world of objects and interpretations. The further property of spirit is that it, like life, is functional. Activity, process, and function deﬁne spirit. Cassirer says that spirit is ‘‘the eternally productive act’’ (; ). As the unity of form, spirit is not itself a substance or thing. It is also not a unity of substances or things, because the forms that spirit uniﬁes are activities, not materials.
Introduction / 6130 Bayer / CASSIRER’S METAPHYSICS OF SYMBOLIC FORMS / sheet 44 of 220 carry his discussion as far as his deﬁnition of man as animal symbolicum. The three basis phenomena of the I, action, and the work (das Ich-Phänomen, das Wirkens-Phänomen, das Werk-Phänomen), as explained in Bayer’s commentary, are absolutes of the human world for Cassirer. ’’ 55 The basis phenomena appear to be analogous or at least partially analogous to his later formulation of Uexküll’s biology: the reactor system to the I, action to the effector system, and, most clearly, the symbolic system to the phenomenon of the work.
What guides philosophical reasoning in this process is a sense of organic form, a sense of the whole as something ordered within itself. 44 But more than these, Cassirer’s inspiration is Goethe. Cassirer’s various writings on Goethe occupy a place in the ﬁeld of Goethe scholarship in their own right. 27 09:18 OCV:0 . Cassirer makes this claim from his earliest work, Leibniz’ System (), to his last works. The references to Vico throughout Cassirer’s writings are traced out in my ‘‘Vico’s Inﬂuence on Cassirer,’’ New Vico Studies (): –.
Cassirer's Metaphysics of Symbolic Forms: A Philosophical Commentary by Thora Ilin Bayer