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A Positive Future

David Simpson: Ernst Cassirer, 26 March 2009

Ernst Cassirer: The Last Philosopher of Culture 
by Edward Skidelsky.
Princeton, 288 pp., £24.95, January 2009, 978 0 691 13134 4
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The Symbolic Construction of Reality: The Legacy of Ernst Cassirer 
edited by Jeffrey AndrewBarash.
Chicago, 223 pp., £26.50, January 2009, 978 0 226 03686 1
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... of the ethical and the aesthetic. Cassirer wants to adapt the symbol to an epistemology, which Jeffrey Barash in his introduction to The Symbolic Construction of Reality rightly deems quite un-Kantian. Cassirer is interested in clarifying the sense of an unknown but substantial connection that comes along with the symbol, making him what Enno Rudolph ...

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