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A great contemporary German philosopher attacks the explosive problem of political myth in our day. In this final work Ernst Cassirer shows how the irrational forces symbolized by myth and manipulation by the state constantly threaten to destroy the independent mind of civilized man. "A brilliant survey of some of the major texts in the history of political theory." ...more
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Published (first published May 1946)
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Szplug
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Myth is a powerful and enduring irrational form of symbolism and magic that serves as a communal coping mechanism for a natural world that man cannot fully ken, in purpose or provenance—particularly as regards his physical extinction through death. Since the time of the Greeks, the Western world has increasingly built and expanded upon a societal and political foundation structured around reason and rational thought and tempered by the faith-bound limiting mores of Judaic monotheism—though, as ...more
J.M. Hushour
Cassirer is one of those philosopher/historians that nobody seems to read anymore. I first encountered him years ago and became interested in him as an explorer of how symbolic language and myth informs and underpins much of contemporary society. He manages this without veering into anything that smacks of stupid postmodernism and probably would've chuckled and shook his head at much of what philosophy has produced then. So, maybe he's more a kind of Benjaminian historian and not so much a ...more
Luke Echo
Feb 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Strangely enough, I had been curious about this book for some time, largely on the basis of its title. It’s a strange coincidence because, it is just this sort of curiosity regarding titles that forms Cassirer’s critique of the reception of Spengler’s Decline of the West. In any case, my curiosity was largely disappointed.

The first part is quite interesting, a kind of literature review of theories of myth. However, it is never quite clear where Cassirer ends up. What is the working concept of
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Mz
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Moomen Sallam
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
الكتاب ينتمي إلى فرع فلسفة السياسة حيث تناول تطور العلاقة بين الأساطير والأديان من ناحية وطبيعة الدولة من ناحية أخرى منذ المجتمعات البدائية وحتى بدايات القرن العشرين حيث توفى ارنست كاسيرر عام 1945. كتاب ممتع ويستحق القراءة
David Menčik
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jedna od najboljih filozofskih knjiga koje sam čitao. Posle čitanja fragmenata Kasirerove filozofije u kojima mitu prilazi sa stanovišta teorije saznanja Mit o državi predstavlja zanimljivu aplikaciju onoga naučenog u oblasti teorije saznanja na sferu političke filozofije. Delo je i danas savremeno a pogotovo poslednje poglavlje koje govori o političkim mitovima, rasizmu, neonacizmu, nacionalizmu, problemu lidera itd.

Knjiga koju od srca preporučujem za istraživače političke filozofije of antike
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Stefan Matias
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deep reflections about some patterns in the history of thought since the Hellenic period. Includes the philosophies of and influence by figures like Plato, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Carlyle, Gobineau, Hegel, as well as more peripheral figures.
昀泽 李
What else can one say if Mr. Cassirer even succumbed to pessimism in this monumental work?
What else can one say if Mr. Cassirer got crippled and gross self-contradictions by his philosophical retrieval of political myths in all those figures that are more or less indebted to Kant, his great instructor, a philosophical hero in his own heart?
What else can one say if Mr. Cassirer felt sympathy in Fichte, Carlyle and Hegel, and tried to differentiate these figures from fascist ideas, as far as the
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one of my favorite books.
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Ernst Cassirer was one of the major figures in the development of philosophical idealism in the first half of the twentieth century, a German Jewish philosopher. Coming out of the Marburg tradition of neo-Kantianism, he developed a philosophy of culture as a theory of symbols founded in a phenomenology of knowledge.