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Logos & Episteme

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2013

Christian Möckel
Pages 245-267
DOI: 10.5840/logos-episteme20134232

‘Philosophie der Symbolischen Strukturen’? Zu einigen Parallelen bei Ernst Cassirer und Claude Lévi-Strauss

In order to answer the question formulated in the title, we firstly need to point out some theoretical constraints. A lot of parallels allow us to speak about a ‘philosophy of symbolic structures’ or, better, about a ‘philosophy of structural symbolic systems’ in Lévi-Strauss theory. This is possible only if we establish an equivalence between the concepts ‘Form’ and ‘Structure,’ as they are used by Lévi-Strauss and Cassirer. The orientation of this implicit philosophy of Lévi-Strauss is not that of a philosophy of culture based on a philosophical-anthropological reflection (as it is the case with Cassirer), but a scientific research of concrete primitive societies, together with their empirical cultures and their unconscious, hidden laws of formation.

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