The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms: Volume 2: Mythical Thought

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1955 - Philosophy - 269 pages

The Symbolic Forms has long been considered the greatest of Cassirer’s works.  Into it he poured all the resources of his vast learning about language and myth, religion, art, and science—the various creative symbolizing activities and constructions through which man has expressed himself and given intelligible objective form to this experience.

“These three volumes alone (apart from Cassirer’s other papers and books) make an outstanding contribution to epistemology and to the human power of abstraction.  It is rather as if ‘The Golden Bough’ had been written in philosophical rather than in historical terms.”—F.I.G. Rawlins, Nature


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Read in fits & starts over two years, so: lost the line of argument, but left with a strong impression of both wide-ranging erudition and theoretical depth. Cassirer's epistemological project strives ... Read full review


The Mythical Consciousness of the Object
Particular Categories of Mythical Thinking
The Basic Opposition
Myth as a Life Form Discovery and Determination
The Development of the Feeling of Self from the Myth
Cult and Sacrifice
The Dialectic of the Mythical Consciousness 233 Part iv The Dialectic of the Mythical Consciousness

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