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Ernst Cassirer

German philosopher

1874   -   1945

movement: Marburg School
country of citizenship: German Empire, Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, Sweden
language of expression: German
educated at: Humboldt University of Berlin
occupation: philosopher, university teacher
award received: Kuno-Fischer-Preis, honorary doctor of the University of Gothenburg

Ernst Alfred Cassirer (; German: [ˈʔɛɐ̯nst kaˈsiːʁɐ]; July 28, 1874 – April 13, 1945) was a German philosopher. Trained within the Neo-Kantian Marburg School, he initially followed his mentor Hermann Cohen in attempting to supply an idealistic philosophy of science. After Cohen's death, Cassirer developed a theory of symbolism and used it to expand phenomenology of knowledge into a more general philosophy of culture. Cassirer was one of the leading 20th-century advocates of philosophical idealism. His most famous work is the Philosophy of Symbolic Forms (1923–1929).
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