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Topic: [HM] Weyl and Cassirer
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J.M. Plotkin

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Re: [HM] Weyl and Cassirer
Posted: Jul 19, 2005 10:27 AM
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>Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 07:03:39 EDT
>From: Val Dusek <>
>Subject: [HM] Weyl and Cassirer
>After Herman Weyl gave up much of his enthusiasm for Brouwer's intuitionism
>he shifted in his later life to a "symbolic construction" view of mathematics
>that had some relations to his teacher Hilbert's views, but seem to me to
>have some resemblance to Ernst Cassirer's "Philosophy of Symbolic
>Forms." Given that Weyl had general interests in culture and a
>broad and deep knowledge of history of philosophy and
>phenomenology, I wondered if Weyl had read Cassirer and been
>influenced by him. Is there any reference to Cassirer by Weyl?
>Val Dusek

Weyl's "Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Science" (english
trans., Princeton 1949) mentions three books by Cassirer.

Weyl comments on (footnotes in original German text):
Substanzbegriff und Funktionsbegriff (1910), p. 149; Das
Erkenntnisproblem in der Philosophie und Wissenschaft der neueren
Zeit (1911-1912), p. 216.

Weyl lists Phiosophie der symbolischen Formen (1929) in the
references on p. 217.

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