structure

paper title: 

‘PHILOSOPHIE DER SYMBOLISCHEN STRUKTUREN’? ZU EINIGEN PARALLELEN BEI ERNST CASSIRER UND CLAUDE LÉVI-STRAUSS (pages 245–267)

paper type: 
history of epistemology
paper author: 

Christian MÖCKEL

paper author family name: 

MÖCKEL

paper abstract: 

ABSTRACT: In order to answer the question formulated in the title, we firstly need to point out some theoretical constraints. A lot of parallels allow us to speak about a ‘philosophy of symbolic structures’ or, better, about a ‘philosophy of structural symbolic systems’ in Lévi-Strauss theory. This is possible only if we establish an equivalence between the concepts ‘Form’ and ‘Structure,’ as they are used by Lévi-Strauss and Cassirer. The orientation of this implicit philosophy of Lévi-Strauss is not that of a philosophy of culture based on a philosophical-anthropological reflection (as it is the case with Cassirer), but a scientific research of concrete primitive societies, together with their empirical cultures and their unconscious, hidden laws of formation.

paper issue: 
12
paper title: 

“LEBENDIGE FORMEN.” ZU ERNST CASSIRERS KONZEPT DER “FORMWISSENSCHAFT” (pages 375-393)

paper type: 
article
paper author: 

Christian MÖCKEL

paper author family name: 

MÖCKEL

paper abstract: 

ABSTRACT: The following text analyses the essays Cassirer made in his published articles and in his manuscripts of the exile period in order to dismiss the possibility of a unique science based on the physical causality (Wiener Kreis) and thus to assert the autonomy and specificity of the Kulturwissenschaft. In the same time, it guards against the identification of cultural knowledge and historical knowledge (Windelband, Rickert). The specific way to build concepts within the Kulturwissenschaftentargets the objective relation between the Particular and the General and is to be found in the consideration of the form or style based on the experience of the expression (Ausdruckserleben). History or biology offers fruitful analogies to the understanding of the concepts or methods of Kulturwissenschaft.

paper issue: 
5

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