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A Philosophical-Anthropological Case for Cassirer in Rhetoric
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2017 (English)In: Rhetorica - A Journal of the History of Rhetoric, ISSN 0734-8584, E-ISSN 1533-8541, Vol. 35, no 3, 346-365 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this article We argue that Ernst Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms is an indispensible philosophical-anthropological companion to rhetoric. We propose that appropriating Cassirer's understanding of symbolic forms enables rhetoric to go beyond the dominant perspective of language oriented theory and fully commit to a widened -Understanding of rhetoric as the study of how social meaning is created, performed and transformed. To clearly bring out the thrust of our enlarged rhetorical-philosophical anthropological approach we have structured our argument partly as a contrastive critique of Thomas A. Discenna's recent (Rhetorica 32/3; 2014) attempt to include Cassirer in the rhetorical tradition through a reading of the 1929 debate in Davos between Cassirer and Martin Heidegger; partly through a presentation of the aspects of Cassirer's thought that we find most important for developing a rhetorical-philosophical-anthropology of social meaning.

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2017. Vol. 35, no 3, 346-365 p.
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Cassirer, Heidegger, the Davos debate, Rhetorical theory, philosophical anthropology, symbolic forms, social meaning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-335759DOI: 10.1525/rh.2017.35.3.346ISI: 000410874500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-335759DiVA: diva2:1164065
Available from: 2017-12-08 Created: 2017-12-08 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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