chapter  3
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Art and Science as Supplementing Forms

In this chapter, I concentrate on one of Cassirer’s later works, An Essay on Man (1944). Here Cassirer discussed myth, language, science, religion, history, and art as symbolic forms, with special emphasis on the combination of the forms of art and science. According to Cassirer, science and art represent two views of truth that are distinctively different but at the same time supplementary channels to reality. Without the use of both the eye of science and the eye of art, we have no binocular vision and no awareness of the third dimension of space. Cassirer promised that the combination of these two forms may hinder habitual blindness and turn us into better practitioners. After Cassirer, the ways parted, and today we have two very different camps in organization theory.