Continuing our discussion from part one on the symbolic value of religion and its antecedents, primary at this point discussing Susanne Langer’s Philosophy in a New Key, ch. 7.
We start out connecting this to psychoanalysis, and how what Langer calls “fantasies,” i.e. symbolic visual images, serve to schematize our experiences. Langer’s account may give us a route to say how animals and babies can have some sort of self-consciousness without their having language.
In the full episode, we talk about sacred objects, symbolism as play, how emotions and symbols interact, and how all this prepares us to discuss art next time.