Ernst Cassirer

1874 - 1945

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Ernst Alfred Cassirer ( kah-SEER-ər, kə-, German: [ˈɛʁnst 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernst Cassirer has received more than 327,449 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Ernst Cassirer is the 158th most popular philosopher (down from 154th in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Poland (down from 43rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular Polish Philosopher.

Ernst Cassirer is most famous for his philosophy of symbolic forms. He believes that there are three stages of human thought, the mythical, the classical, and the modern. The mythical stage is characterized by the idea that things are alive and have a soul. The classical stage is characterized by the idea that things are inanimate and don't have a soul. The modern stage is characterized by the idea that things are made of atoms and molecules and have no soul.

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Among philosophers, Ernst Cassirer ranks 158 out of 1,089Before him are Jakob Böhme, Carl Schmitt, Mikhail Bakhtin, Max Horkheimer, Adi Shankara, and Bodhidharma. After him are Friedrich Schleiermacher, Emmanuel Levinas, Marquis de Condorcet, Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, Kabir, and Cesare Beccaria.

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Among people born in 1874, Ernst Cassirer ranks 12Before him are Lucy Maud Montgomery, Edward Thorndike, Howard Carter, W. Somerset Maugham, Herbert Hoover, and Chaim Weizmann. After him are Max Scheler, Johannes Stark, Alexander Kolchak, Talaat Pasha, Gertrude Stein, and G. K. Chesterton. Among people deceased in 1945, Ernst Cassirer ranks 20Before him are Wilhelm Canaris, Thomas Hunt Morgan, Magda Goebbels, George S. Patton, Paul Valéry, and Irma Grese. After him are Johan Huizinga, Clara Petacci, Pietro Mascagni, Subhas Chandra Bose, Heinrich Müller, and Pierre Laval.

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Among people born in Poland, Ernst Cassirer ranks 46 out of 1,231Before him are Rudolf Virchow (1821), Eric of Pomerania (1381), Rudolf Clausius (1822), Arthur Rubinstein (1887), Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941), and Sigismund II Augustus (1520). After him are Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768), Klaus Kinski (1926), Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896), Casimir III the Great (1310), Gustav Fechner (1801), and Tamara de Lempicka (1898).


Among philosophers born in Poland, Ernst Cassirer ranks 4Before him are Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), and Jakob Böhme (1575). After him are Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768), Christian Wolff (1679), Judah Loew ben Bezalel (1512), Alfred Tarski (1901), Heinrich Rickert (1863), Paul Tillich (1886), Leszek Kołakowski (1927), and Günther Anders (1902).