Gestalt psychology as a missing link in Ernst Cassirer's mythical symbolic form
The main goal of this article is to investigate the mythical symbolic form in Cassirer's Philosophy of Symbolic Form regarding its connection with visual perception. The article argues that mythical symbolic form is rooted in Gestalt principles of perception for organizing the perceptual field, and shows that these principles shape the main features of space and time in Cassirer's mythical symbolic form. This argument challenges Heidegger's critique of Cassirer's definition of a mythical symbolic form that it is directionless and not grounded in man's being. The combination of Gestalt principles and mythical symbolic forms supports the argument about the active role of visual perception, and clarifies Cassirer's application and re-definition of Kantian and Neo-Kantian concepts. The investigation opens a perspective for comprehending the mythic-religious phenomenon as well as for comprehending visual perception.
Katsur, I. (2018). Gestalt psychology as a missing link in Ernst Cassirer's mythical symbolic form. Human Studies 41 (1), pp. 41-57.
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