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Symbolic Forms for a New HumanityCultural and Racial Reconfigurations of Critical Theory$
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Drucilla Cornell and Kenneth Michael Panfilio

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232505

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823232505.001.0001

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Symbolic Forms for a New Humanity

Drucilla Cornell

Kenneth Michael Panfilio

Fordham University Press

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the philosophy of symbolic forms devised by Ernst Cassirer. Much of Cassirer's work has been neglected in the philosophical realm. His An Essay on Man, for example, has been reduced to a facile, optimistic humanism in which some kind of comprehensive elaboration of the many diverse symbolic forms belonging to humanity could have been developed. This book traces the major questions and ideas integral to understanding Cassirer's work and their relevance in contemporary critical and affirmative political philosophy.

Keywords:   Ernst Cassirer, symbolic forms, An Essay on Man, humanity, political philosophy

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