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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 in 1918, 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 388,805 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Ernst Cassirer is the 157th most popular philosopher (up from 158th in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Poland and the 3rd 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 157 out of 1,081Before him are Jean Baudrillard, Herbert Marcuse, Hippias, Adi Shankara, John Wycliffe, and Louis Althusser. After him are Christian Wolff, Adam Weishaupt, Ferdinand Tönnies, Max Stirner, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Padmasambhava.

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Among people born in 1874, Ernst Cassirer ranks 10Before him are Harry Houdini, Arnold Schoenberg, Herbert Hoover, Howard Carter, Edward Thorndike, and Lucy Maud Montgomery. After him are Chaim Weizmann, Max Scheler, António Egas Moniz, Johannes Stark, Alexander Kolchak, and Carl Bosch. Among people deceased in 1945, Ernst Cassirer ranks 19Before him are Magda Goebbels, Anton Webern, Subhas Chandra Bose, Wilhelm Canaris, Paul Valéry, and Heinrich Müller. After him are Irma Grese, Johan Huizinga, Pietro Mascagni, Clara Petacci, Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, and David Lloyd George.

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Among people born in Poland, Ernst Cassirer ranks 46 out of 1,454Before him are Rudolf Virchow (1821), Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928), Rudolf Clausius (1822), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Lech Kaczyński (1949), and Tamara de Lempicka (1898). After him are Christian Wolff (1679), Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906), Paul Ehrlich (1854), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), Władysław III of Poland (1424), and Klaus Kinski (1926).


Among philosophers born in Poland, Ernst Cassirer ranks 3Before him are Arthur Schopenhauer (1788) and Johann Gottfried Herder (1744). After him are Christian Wolff (1679), Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768), Jakob Böhme (1575), Judah Loew ben Bezalel (1512), Alfred Tarski (1901), Günther Anders (1902), Paul Tillich (1886), Heinrich Rickert (1863), and Leszek Kołakowski (1927).