The theories on symbolization of the Neo-Kantian philosopher Ernst Cassirer and the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan are described and compared. Their common conception of man as an animal symbolicum has been applied to a number of topics within the humanities (language, ethics, mental disorder) to offer proof for its fruitfulness.
Antoine Mooij, Ph.D (1975), is Professor Emeritus of Law and Psychiatry, Utrecht University. He has published on Lacanian psychoanalysis, hermeneutics, and hermeneutical psychiatry. Among his books are Intentionality, Desire, Responsibility. A Study in Phenomenology, Psychoanalysis and Law (Brill, 2010) and Psychiatry as a Human Science. Phenomenological, Hermeneutical and Lacanian Perspectives (Rodopi, 2012).