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By Carl H. Hamburg

Seeing that prefaces, for the main half, are written after a ebook is completed, but face the reader earlier than he will get to it, it truly is probably no longer extraordinary that we frequently locate ourselves addressed by way of a extra chastened and qualifying writer than we ultimately come across within the resulting pages. it really is, in spite of everything, not just a few readers, however the author of a ebook himself who reads what he has performed and didn't do. If the above is the guideline, i'm no exception to it. The discerning reader needn't learn that the next reviews vary, not just within the techniques they make to their unifying subject-matter, but in addition of their precision and therefore adequacy of presentation. as well as the standard purposes for this quite universal shortcoming, there's an one other one on the subject of the current ebook. even with its comparative brevity, the time-span among its inception and termination covers a few 20 years. for this reason, a few (historical and epistemological) sections mirror my preoccupation with CASSI­ RER'S eady works in the course of pupil days in Germany and France. whilst, a few ten years later, CASSIRER in a letter expressed "great pleasure" and anticipation for a extra heavily supervised con­ tinuation of my efforts (which, due to his premature dying, by no means got here to pass), he gave me the entire encouragement had to visit paintings on a severe exposition of his "symbolic shape" con­ cept.

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