nLab Ernst Cassirer


Ernst Cassirer (1874-1945) was a German philosopher, famous for many works in the history of philosophy and for developing a theory of symbolic forms – language, myth, religion, art, history, science. As one of the main exponents of the Marburg school of neo-Kantianism and as a specialist in the philosophy of physics and mathematics who was in constant dialogue with the scientists of his time his work builds a bridge between classical (German) philosophy and more modern threads of analytical philosophy.


  • E. Cassirer, The Concept of Group and the Theory of Perception , Phil. Phen. Res. V (1944) pp. 1-35.

  • E. Cassirer, Structuralism in modern linguistics , Word 1 (1945) pp.99-120.

  • E. Cassirer, Reflections on the Concept of Group and the Theory of Perception , pp.271-291 in D. Ph. Verene (ed.), Symbol, Myth, and Culture: Essays and Lectures of Ernst Cassirer 1935-1945 , London 1979.

  • E. Cassirer, Zur Modernen Physik , Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft Darmstadt 1957.

  • J. Heis, Ernst Cassirer’s neo-Kantian Philosophy of Geometry , Brit. J. Hist. Phil. 19 no.4 (2011) pp.759–794.

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