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Cassirer, Ernst Alfred

Born: 1874 AD
Died: 1945 AD, at 70 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Educators, Philosopher, Writers


1874 - Born on July 28th in Breslau, Silesia. Ernst Alfred Cassirer, philosopher, educator, writer, and prominent member of the neo-Kantian movement.

1894 - Cassirer was introduced to the work of Hermann Cohen, leader of the Marburg School of neo-Kantianism.

1896 - Cassirer went to Marburg to study philosophy under Cohen and also mathematics.

1899 - Cassirer successfully defended his inaugural dissertation, "Descartes' Critique of Mathematical and Natural Scientific Knowledge," at the University of Marburg.

1903 - Cassirer lived in Berlin and wrote several of his major works.

1906 - Cassirer was able to obtain the position of Privatdozent at the University of Berlin, a post he held for the next thirteen years.

1919 - He assumed the chair of philosophy at the newly founded University of Hamburg.

1925 - He wrote "Substance and Function", 3-volume "The Philosophy of Symbolic Forms", "Language and Myth".

1930 - He was elected rector of the university.

1933 - Expelled by the Nazis from the University of Hamburg in May.

         - Cassirer accepted a position at Oxford University, where he lectured for two years.

1935 - He was offered and accepted a professorship at the University of Göteborg.

1941 - Cassirer accepted an invitation to come to Yale University as a visiting professor.


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