chapter  5
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Cassirer in the Light of Neuroscience

In this chapter, I discuss Cassirer’s claims in light of the last two decades’ research in neurobiology. I describe how neuroscience has shown that logical interpretation-cognition, rational thinking-takes place against a background of emotions. As such, it is initially an aesthetic experience. Sensing and cognition are interrelated, but sensing is “deeper” than cognition and closer to the immediate reality. I build particularly on Antonio Damasio’s studies to show parallels and differences between Cassirer’s theories and neuroscience. I close the chapter by concluding that becoming a two-eyed practitioner can be learned, and thus should be a part of management education.