The Affirmation of Humane by Symbolic Forms. Cassirer on Language and Science Cover Image

Afirmacija ljudskog simboličkim oblicima. Cassirer o jeziku i znanosti
The Affirmation of Humane by Symbolic Forms. Cassirer on Language and Science

Author(s): Hasnije Ilazi
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Culture and social structure
Published by: Hrvatsko Filozofsko Društvo
Keywords: culture;language; language; science; human;

Summary/Abstract: In his philosophy of culture, Cassirer refused to understand the human being as homo faber, and he partially accepted to understand the human being as animal rationale. The essence of the human being is composed of his creational acts, and he is creating culture by the way of symbolic forms. The paper will present Cassirer’s theory of symbols as the basis for differentiating human nature from the nature of other living beings, and the base of human existence as the communication in the social surrounding. The human being as a symbolic animal will be elaborated through a relation between language and science, as well as tradition and innovation in the dynamic process of creating culture. Because the paper is presenting an anthropological review of the rule of the symbol in confirming the essence of human being, the goal was to point at the (lack of) rational mechanisms of symbols for manifesting the irrational human nature.

  • Issue Year: 38/2018
  • Issue No: 02/150
  • Page Range: 361-375
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Croatian