Seymour W. Itzkoff
Ernst Cassirer: Scientific Knowledge and the Concept of Man by Seymour W. Itzkoff is currently one of the few books available in the English language that discusses the philosophy of twentieth-century German philosopher Ernst Cassirer. Itzkoff’s study brings Cassirer’s perspective directly into the contemporary debate over the evolution of human thought and its relationship to animal life. Further, Itzkoff places Cassirer directly in the context of recent philosophical thought, arguing for the importance of his Kantian perspective, a significance that is amply vindicated by the current interest in Cassirer’s ideas. For this second edition, Seymour has written a new introduction and has added a new retrospective essay.
“Itzkoff has written not only an excellent study of Cassirer’s inquiry into the meaning of this symbolic view of scientific knowledge, but also a provocative book that will reward the attention of anyone who has a serious interest in contemporary history of philosophy and philosophy of science.”
-Philosophy of Science
“Cassirer’s neo-Kantianism may yet provide a fresh approach to the problems of contemporary philosophy of science, and Professor Itzkoff’s work may well be a first step toward that end.”
-Journal of the History of Philosophy