By Ernst Cassirer
One of the 20th century’s maximum philosophers provides the result of his lifetime examine of man’s cultural achievements. An Essay on Man is an unique synthesis of latest wisdom, a different interpretation of the highbrow main issue of our time, and an excellent vindication of man’s skill to solve human difficulties by means of the brave use of his mind.
What the thinkers of the prior have considered the human race, what may be acknowledged of its artwork, language, and capacities for stable and evil within the gentle of recent wisdom are mentioned through a very good thinker who had a profound adventure of the previous and of his personal time.
“Ernst Cassirer…had a protracted status foreign acceptance in philosophy…. This suggestive quantity now makes to be had the substance of his aspect of view.” --Irwin Edman, New York bring in Tribune
“The most sensible and so much mature expression of his thought.”—Journal of Philosophy
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5. In immediate and intimate connection with this doctrine of the independence of things known and the knowing of them, to the effect that the content stands another special doctrine of knowledge, that which lies in or before the mind when knowledge takes place, numerically identical with the thing known. intermediaries is not denied, but is made subordi- is Knowledge by REALISM AS A CONSTRUCTIVE PHILOSOPHY nate to direct or presentative knowledge. There no is 35 special class of entities, qualitatively or substantively distinguished from other entities, as the media of knowledge.
Republic, 511, B. Caird, E. The Social Philosophy and Religion of Comte, Plato, xiii. INTRODUCTION 18 obscured a problem, the problem, namely, as to whether there is any idea corresponding to the words ens realissimum. The possibility of defining, on general logical grounds, a maximum of being or truth, is, to say the least, highly questionable; and tain that this problem must properly precede any it is cer- inferences from such a maximal idea. The speculative dogma has been the most prolific cause of the verbal abuses which abound in philosophy, and which are to be considered separately.
1 Chesterton. 1 Toland. The Ball upon a clear definition of we have already It seen, its objects cannot rely on the ordinary and the Cross, 96. ) , 30. THE REALISTIC PROGRAM OF REFORM denotation of words. 23 This fact affords a perennial and abundant is no escape save through source of confusion, from which there the creation of a technical vocabulary. Bacon's observations on matter are worthy of being quoted in full. "Now words," he says, "being commonly framed and applied according to the capacity of the vulgar, follow those lines of division which are most this obvious to the vulgar understanding.