Ernst Cassirer on Form and Technology: Contemporary Readings by A. Hoel

Ernst Cassirer on Form and Technology: Contemporary Readings

EditorA. Hoel, I. Folkvord

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Cassirer's thought-provoking essay Form and Technology (1930) considers the theoretical work performed by material instruments and, in so doing, it ascribes to technology a new dignity as a genuine tool of the mind in equal company with language and art. Germinating in this essay, we find an ambitious program for a new kind of philosophy of technology that resonates with contemporary approaches focusing on material apparatuses, relational and performative processes, and the embodied, embedded, and enacted nature of perception and cognition. Cassirer's approach, however, is unique in the way that it integrates logical concerns, championed by scientifically oriented philosophers, with the concerns of the historical and cultural sciences. The current revival of interest in Cassirer's thinking has precisely to do with its potential for bridging unproductive intellectual gaps. Form and Technology, especially, provides a rich resource for current attempts, across disciplines, to develop new conceptual and ontological frameworks. Cassirer's classic essay, translated here into English for the first time, is accompanied by ten critical essays that explore its current relevance.

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AUD SISSEL HOEL is Associate Professor of Visual Communication at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is the author of Maktens bilder (Disciplinary Images) (2007) and Fremstilling og teknikk (Exposition and Technology) (2005), and co-editor of Ernst Cassirer: Form og teknikk: Utvalgte tekster (Form and Technology: ...
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Title:Ernst Cassirer on Form and Technology: Contemporary ReadingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:August 21, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230365477

ISBN - 13:9780230365476

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction; A.S.Hoel & I.Folkvord
PART I: FORM AND TECHNOLOGY
Form and Technology; E.Cassirer
Translated by W.McClelland Dunlavey & J.M Krois
The Age of Complete Mechanization; J.M.Krois
PART II: CONTEMPORARY READINGS
Technics of Thinking; A.S.Hoel
The Struggle of Titans - Ernst Jünger and Ernst Cassirer: Vitalist and Enlightenment Philosophies of Technology in Weimar Germany; F.Stjernfelt
Technology as Destiny in Cassirer and Heidegger: Continuing the Davos Debate; H.Ruin
Technical Activity as a Symbolic Form: Comparing Money and Language; J.Lassègue
The Power of Voice: Ernst Cassirer and Bertolt Brecht on Technology, Expressivity and Democracy; I.Folkvord
'Representation' and 'Presence' in the Philosophy of Ernst Cassirer; M.Lauschke
Translated by W.McClelland Dunlavey
Cultural Poetics and the Politics of Literature; F.Tygstrup & I.W.Holm
Translated by L.Utne
Cave Art as Symbolic Form; M.Rosengren
Failures of Convergence; D.M.Weiss
Index