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AuthorRasmussen, David M. author
TitleSymbol and Interpretation [electronic resource] / by David M. Rasmussen
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1974
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Descript VI, 101 p. online resource


For the past four or five years much of my thinking has centered upยญ on the relationship of symbolic forms to philosophic imagination and interpretation. As one whose own philosophic speculations began at. the end of a cultural epoch under methodologies dominated either by neo-Kantianism or schools of logical empiricism the symbol as a prodยญ uct of a cultural imagination has been diminished; it has been necesยญ sary for those who wanted to preserve the symbol to find appropriate philosophical methodologies to do so. In the following chapters we shall attempt to show, through a consideration of a series of recent interpretations of the symbol, as well as through constructive arguยญ ment, that the symbol ought to be considered as a linguistic form in the sense that it constitutes a special language with its own rubrics and properties. There are two special considerations to be taken acยญ count of in this argument; first, the definition of the symbol, and secยญ ond, the interpretation of the symbol. Although we shall refrain from defining the symbol explicitly at this point let it suffice to state that our definition of the symbol is more aesthetic than logical (in the technical sense of formal logic ), more cultural than individual, more imaginative than scientific. The symbol in our view is somewhere at the center of culture, the well-spring which testifies to the human imagination in its poetic, psychic, religious, social and political forms


I: Symbol and Language -- On Multiple Realities -- Language and the Symbol -- Conclusion -- II: Mircea Eliade: Structural Hermeneutics and Philosophy -- The Symbol as a Dimension of Consciousness -- The Method for Establishing the Symbol as a Valid Form -- Conclusion -- III: Paul Ricoeur: The Anthropological Necessity of a Special Language -- The Question -- Philosophy of the Will -- An Answer -- Conclusion -- IV: Myth, Structure and Interpretation -- From Evolution to Structure -- Structural Hermeneutics -- Archaic Ontology -- Conclusion -- V: Toward a Theoretical Foundation for a Correlation Between Literary and Religious Discourse -- Background -- Theory of Language: The Possibility of a Phenomenological Model -- Hermeneutics: the Interpretation of Special Languages -- Conclusion -- VI: Socio-Political Symbolism and the Transformation of Consciousness -- The Conflict of Rationality: Operational and Dialectical -- Utopian Symbolism -- Symbol, Seriality, and the Group Resolve -- Symbol, Structure and Philosophical Anthropology -- Conclusion

Philosophy Epistemology Language and languages -- Philosophy Philosophy Philosophy of Language Epistemology


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