<history of philosophy, biography> german neo-Kantian philosopher (1874-1945) who supposed that the fundamental categories of human thought are genuinely a priori, yet develop historically. In his massive Die Philosophie der symbolischen Formen (The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms) (1929) (vol. 1-4), Cassirer suggested that these basic concepts are most clearly revealed in the cultural symbols of language, science, and mythology. Recommended Reading: Ernst Cassirer, The Philosophy of the Enlightenment, tr. by J. Pettegrove and F. Koelin (Princeton, 1968) and Ernst Cassirer: A 'Repetition' of Modernity, ed. by Steve G. Lofts and Michael Krois (SUNY, 2000).
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