The power of art, the dryness of science
'Cupid Chastised' shows how art extracts something deep and wild from myth, whereas all that science has to say about it is dry and technical.
The 140th anniversary of the birth of the Jewish-German philosopher Ernst Cassirer was marked a month ago, on July 28. Cassirer is important for me, because he constitutes a critical link in the chain of Western thought. He was familiar with the work of Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure and saw World War II, but in his Enlightenment critique he did not adopt anti-progress positions or...
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