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In this important study Ernst Cassirer analyzes the non-rational thought processes that go to make up culture. He demonstrates that beneath both language and myth there lies an unconscious "grammar" of experience, whose categories and canons are not those of logical thought. He shows that this prelogical "logic" is not merely an undeveloped state of rationality, but something basically different, and that this archaic mode of thought still has enormous power over even our most rigorous thought, in language, poetry and myth.

The author analyzes brilliantly such seemingly diverse (yet related) phenomena as the metaphysics of the Bhagavat Gita, the Melanesian concept of Mana, the Naturphilosophie of Schelling, modern poetry, Ancient Egyptian religion, and symbolic logic. He covers a vast range of material that is all too often neglected in studies of human thought.

These six essays are of great interest to the student of philosophy or the philosophy of science, the historian, or the anthropologist. They are also remarkably timely for students of literature, what with the enormous emphasis placed upon "myth" in modern literary speculation. This book is not superficial speculation by a dabbler, but a penetrating study by one of the most profound and sensitive philosophic minds of our time.

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Six essays which analyze the non-national thought processes that influence culture.

Synopsis:

In this important study, Cassirer analyzes the non-rational thought processes that go to make up culture. Includes studies of the metaphysics of the Bhagavat Gita, Ancient Egyptian religion, symbolic logic, and more.

Synopsis:

Analyzes nonrational thought processes, demonstrating underlying grammar; Indian philosophy, Schelling modern poetry, much more.

Table of Contents

1. The Place of Language and Myth in the Pattern of Human Culture

2. The Evolution of Religious Ideas

3. Language and Conception

4. Word Magic

5. The Successive Phases of Religious Thought

6. The Power of Metaphor

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486200514
Translator:
Langer, Susanne K.
Author:
Langer, Susanne K.
Author:
Cassirer, Ernst
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
Language and languages
Subject:
Ethnopsychology
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
SRB 90-09
Publication Date:
19530631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.31 lb

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Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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