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Conceptions of Cultural Studies in Cassirer's Theory of Symbolic Forms

Conceptions of Cultural Studies in Cassirer's Theory of Symbolic Forms

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Funded by:  AHRC

Main contact:  Professor Paul Bishop, Professor Roger Stephenson

Start date:  2002

End date:  2007

Subject area:
German - School of Modern Languages and Cultures, College of Arts

The project has three main objectives:

(a) to investigate the intellectual background of Cassirer’s theory of ‘cultural science’, with reference to Weimar Classicism and such influential thinkers as Nietzsche, Klages, Freud, and Jung

(b) to establish a conceptual comparison between Cassirer’s key-concept of ‘symbolic form’ and contemporary notions of symbolism

(c) to investigate documentary evidence for the development and influence of Cassirer’s theory, drawing on the Warburg Institute’s archive of his correspondence.

The project also involved collaboration with Graham Whitaker of the Glasgow University Library.