Summer 1949 • Vol. XI No. 3 Book Reviews |

Man as the Symbolizing Animal

The Philosophy Of Ernst Cassirer edited by Paul Arthur Schilpp. The Library of Living Philosophers, Inc. Northwestern. $6.00 When you get caught up in the whirlwind and swift transfigurations of thought, you reach down with anxious, animal legs for the ground of immediate experience. The swirl of discursive dialectic has unfastened you from things you saw, touched, and loved. The loss of such immediacy then looks like paradise lost, and you may turn to art, including poetry, to restore aesthetic experience of the given, thus replacing thought about the object by the precious object itself. If philosophy is the restive spiralling—the incessant departure and progress—and poetry is the coming to an affectionate stand, there is indeed an ancient quarrel between them. Perhaps the myth of the Fall means that the act of thinking about reality (eating of the Tree of Knowledge) casts you out of the paradise of intimate living with it, into the outer darkness of nomadic mind. Max

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