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Ernst Alfred Cassirer
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Cassirer in about 1935
Born (1874-07-28)July 28, 1874
Died April 13, 1945(1945-04-13) (aged 70)
Education University of Marburg
(PhD, 1899)
University of Berlin
(Dr. phil. habil., 1906)
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Neo-Kantianism (Marburg School)
Ontic structural realism
  • Descartes' Kritik der mathematischen und naturwissenschaftlichen Erkenntnis (Descartes' Critique of Mathematical and Scientific Knowledge)
Academic advisors Hermann Cohen
Paul Natorp
Main interests
Epistemology, aesthetics
Notable ideas
Philosophy of symbolic forms
Ontic structural realism

Ernst Alfred Cassirer; (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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