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Form and End: Focusing on Kant and Cassirer

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2024, 71(), pp.220-241
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.71.0.10
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : December 15, 2023
  • Accepted : January 13, 2024
  • Published : February 28, 2024

Jung-Hee Chu 1

1홍익대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study aims to clearly clarify the meaning and methodology of Cassirer’s cultural philosophy by exploring the relationship between Kant’s philosophy and Cassirer’s cultural philosophy, focusing on the concept of form and the concept of end. As a Kantian, Cassirer created his own philosophy on symbols, culture and humanity. Considering the positions occupied by the concept of form and the concept of end in cultural philosophy, these concepts are mediating points and opportunities to enter Kant’s thought and to expand it. For example, Kant’s concept of “final form” can be transformed into Cassirer’s cultural philosophical concept. For Cassirer, the concept of form is understood as “totality” and “structure.” It appears a whole-bild or a total-bild as an idea and symbol. For him, this concept is inseparable from the concept of the end of culture. It means the achievement of freedom as a result or direction to be pursued infinitely and has the function of a heuristic principle for the investigation of culture. In order to present the point of contact between the concepts of Kant and Cassirer, this study examines Goethe’s theory of archetypal form and metamorphosis as examples.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.