This essay argues that Ernst Cassirer’s thinking about the spontaneity of form-giving in the creation of art, which he allies to the ethical dimension of Judaism, informs his critique of fascism in The Myth of the State. Aesthetics, for Cassirer, is not divorced from politics but one of its conditions of possibility.
Art, Judaism, and the Critique of Fascism in the Work of Ernst Cassirer
VICTORIA KAHN teaches English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent book is The Future of Illusion: Political Theology and Early Modern Texts (Chicago, 2014). Her new book, The Trouble with Literature, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2020.
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Victoria Kahn; Art, Judaism, and the Critique of Fascism in the Work of Ernst Cassirer. Representations 1 November 2019; 148 (1): 114–135. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2019.148.1.114
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