The last twelve years of Cassirer’s life were devoted to an application of the philosophy of symbolic forms to the various realms of human culture— to art and the social sciences.
An Essay on Man, completed in 1944, is the major work of this period. Hendel in friendship and gratitude AN ESSAY ON MAN An Introduction to a Philosophy of Human Culture BY ERNST CASSIRER DOUBLEDAY ANCHOR BOOKS DOUBLEDAY & COMPANY, INC., GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK © BOOKS BY ERNST CASSIRER PUBLISHED BY YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS An Essay on Man - The Myth of the State The Problem of Knowledge The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms, Volume 1 Originally Published on the Louis Stem Memorial Fund Copyright, 1944, by Yale Ouivcrsily Press Reprinted by Arrangement with Yale University Press All Rights Reserved Printed in the United States Preface PART I WHAT IS MAN?
What the reader will find is not at all a complete bibliography-even the titles of such a bibliography would have far exceeded the space that has been allowed me.
I have had to content myself with citing those authors to whom I myself feel most indebted and with selecting those examples that seemed to me to be of typical significance and of para- mount philosophical interest. Hendel I wish to expiess my feeling of deep gratitude lo the man who, with indefati- gable zeal, helped me to prepare this book, He was the first to whom I spoke about its general plan.
Upon graduation from the University of Berlin, he con- tinued his studies in philosophy at the University of Marburg.
He taught at the Universities of Berlin and’ Hamburg until his departure from Germany in 1932 to accept an appointment at Oxford.
Of course it has not been possible to lay before their eyes the whole bulk of empirical evidence upon which my principal thesis rests.
But I have tried at least to give ample and detailed quotations from the standard works on the vari- ous subjects.
But 1 am also very much indebted to him for many valuable and pertinent remarks regarding the subject matter of the hook.
I did not mean to write a “popular” book on a subject that, in many respects, is resistant to any popularization.