Ernst Cassirer


Count Alfred Korzybski to Charles Kay Ogden, June 1925

'In my experience and understanding, no one who is not familiar with this fundamental epistemological treatise* can appreciate either your Meaning of Meaning or my work.'

Quoted in Semantic Pioneers Revisited by W. Terrence Gordon
Et cetera Spring 1990, p. 57.

    * Substance and Function by E. Cassirer, Berlin 1910, English translation by the Swabeys, Chicago : Open Court 1923.  —   (WPT)



From Translator's Preface (1953) by James Pettegrove

The task of rendering the German work into English was begun nearly two decades ago in gratitude for the author's friendship and intellectual guidance during the year 1933-4 at Oxford University. In that year Professor Cassirer went into exile and commenced the Odyssey that ended only with his death in 1945. At Oxford with characteristic patience and cheerfulness he resumed, in an alien tongue, his interrupted studies. It was typical of the man that he chose as the subject of his first lecture at All souls College the Greek origins of the idea of justice. Similarly, throughout the year, neither his personal remarks nor his lectures reflected in any way the threats and indignities that reached him daily from his homeland. On the contrary, his words and actions were full of that devotion to reasonableness and tolerance, to justice and truth, which is part of the precious heritage of the modern world from the English Platonists discussed in this book.

Platonic Renaissance in England by E. Cassirer,
Translated by James P. Pettegrove (Nelson 1953)
University of Texas Press : Austin 1953, p. v.


Selected bibliographic

Author Cassirer, Ernst, 1874-1945. Title Substanzbegriff und Funktionsbegriff : Untersuchungen über die Grundfragen der Erkenntniskritik / Ernst Cassirer ; Text und Anmerkungen bearbeitet von Reinold Schmücker. Publisher Hamburg : F. Meiner, c2000. Description ix, 395 p. ; 25 cm. Series Gesammelte Werke, Hamburger Ausgabe / Ernst Cassirer ;Bd. 6 Series Cassirer, Ernst,1874-1945.Works.1998 ;Bd. 6. Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [381]-391) and index. ISBN 3787314067

Author Cassirer, Ernst, 1874-1945. Title Substanzbegriff und Funktionsbegriff. Untersuchungen über d. Grundfragen d. Erkenntniskritik. Edition (Reprograf. Nachdr. d. [Ausg.] Berlin, 1910. 3., unveränd. Aufl.) Publisher Darmstadt : Wissenschaftliche Buchges, 1969. Description xv, 459 p. 21 cm. Note Includes bibliographical references.

Author Cassirer, Ernst, 1874-1945. Uniform Title [ Substanzbegriff und Funktionsbegriff. English] Title Substance and function, and Einstein's theory of relativity / by Ernst Cassirer; authorized translation by William Curtis Swabey, PH.D., and Marie Collins Swabey, PH.D. Publisher Chicago : Open court publishing company, 1923. Description xii, 465 p. ; 24 cm. Note "The first part of the present book, Substanzbegriff und funktionsbegriff, was published in 1910, while the second part, which we have called the supplement, Zur Einstein'schen relativitätstheorie, appeared in 1921." Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 457-460).

Author Cassirer, Ernst, 1874-1945. Title Substanzbegriff und Funktionsbegriff : Untersuchungen über die Grundfragen der Erkenntniskritik / von Ernst Cassirer. Publisher Berlin : B. Cassirer, 1910.


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