Introduction: schema, substance, and symbol -- Linguistic form: the critique of reason becomes the critique of culture -- Mythical thought: beginning the ladder of consciousness -- Phenomenology of knowledge: taking phenomenology in the Hegelian, not the modern sense -- Metaphysics of symbolic forms: spirit, life, and Werk -- Logic of the cultural sciences: nature and culture -- Animal symbolicum -- Human freedom and politics.
Introduction: On philosophical tetralogy -- The canon of the primal scene in speculative philosophy -- Philosophical pragmatics -- Putting philosophical questions (in)to language -- Absolute knowledge and philosophical language -- The limits of argument : argument and autobiography -- Philosophical aesthetics -- Philosophical memory -- Culture, categories, and the imagination -- Metaphysical narration, science, and symbolic form -- Myth and metaphysics.
Consciousness confronts itself with the aim of achieving absolute knowing. This is the first commentary to regard metaphor, irony, and memory as keys to the understanding of Hegel's basic philosophical position.
THIS ESSAY ADDRESSES TWO QUESTIONS: Is the search for scientific truth a self-sufficient activity? or Does scientific right reasoning depend upon a form of truth-telling that lies beyond the limits of scientific investigation? Put differently, is there a sense of metaphysics as a form of human culture that is the embodiment of this general sense of truth-telling?
Professor Singer’s work, as part of Oxford’s “Past Masters” series, is aimed at introducing a thinker to the general reader. In part the description of the work on the front flap of the dust cover reads: “This book is clearly written in ordinary English. It is intended for the general reader with no prior knowledge of philosophy or of Hegel. It will give such a reader, in the space of an evening’s reading, a broad knowledge of Hegel’s ideas, and an (...) account of the main themes of his major works.” Dust cover descriptions of a work are usually written by the publisher’s staff, and not by the author, so I do not assume that this is Singer’s own description. In fact, such descriptions are often inaccurate, but this statement, I believe, quite accurately informs the reader of what to expect, and shows the work to be quite in line with the general aim of the series. (shrink)
In what ways are Vico and Joyce similar? To what extent is Vico an influence on Joyce? And in what ways can Vico's philosophy be newly understood when seen in relation to Joyce's use of it? This book suggests ways to see both thinkers anew.
At his death in 1945, the influential German philosopher Ernst Cassirer left manuscripts for the fourth and final volume of his magnum opus, _The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms_. John Michael Krois and Donald Phillip Verene have edited these writings and translated them into English for the first time, bringing to completion Cassirer's major treatment of the concept of symbolic form. Ernst Cassirer believed that all the forms of representation that human beings use—language, myth, art, religion, history, science—are symbolic, and the (...) concept of symbolic forms was the basis of his thinking on these subjects. In this volume, which contains one text written in 1928 and another in about 1940, Cassirer presents the metaphysics that is implicit in his epistemology and phenomenology of culture. The earlier text grounds the philosopher's conception of symbolic forms on a notion of human nature that makes a general distinction between Geist and life. In the later text, he discusses Basis Phenomena, an original concept not mentioned in any of his previous works, and he compares his own viewpoint with those of other modern philosophers, notably Bergson and Heidegger. (shrink)
This is an anastatic or facsimile edition of Croce’s original bibliography of 1904 of works by and on Giambattista Vico. It organizes works under three headings. Part I includes editions and translations of Vico’s own works, beginning with his major work, the New science. Part II summarizes critical work on Vico by periods dating from his death to 1904. Part III describes, and in some cases reprints, various documents, letters, inscriptions, and other small items relating to Vico.