'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.'
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.
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. -391) and index. ISBN 3787314067
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