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Herder is a figure of considerable importance in the history of philosophy and the history of ideas. His far-reaching influence encompasses philosophy--Hegel, Schleiermacher, Nietzsche, literature--Goethe, Schiller and linguistics--von Humboldt. This volume presents a comprehensive selection of his writings in a new translation, with an introduction that sets them in their ...more
Paperback, 484 pages
Published November 27th 2003 by Cambridge University Press (first published September 4th 1998)
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Nov 22, 2012 Jesse rated it it was ok
Herder, Kant's shining pupil, is deservedly forgotten. The only good thing one can say really is that he lived his philosophy: he was an irrationalist, and his writings, erratic and dangerously overblown with exclamation marks, are a testament to this. Two notable features of Herder are, first, his empiricist philosophy of language, where he expands on the thesis, looked at first by Rousseau in the Second Discourse, that language began from our guttural cries of pleasure and pain, and second, hi ...more
Johann Gottfried Herder is an excellent philosopher whose works have been largely neglected in the English-speaking world. This volume includes very good translations of several of Herder's most important works - notably the best available complete translation of "This Too a Philosophy of History" which has been credited with being the first and most influential work of 'historicism'. Also noteworthy is the tranlation of the "Treatise on the Origin of Language" and the "On Cognition and Sensatio ...more
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I keep a file called "concept tree farm" inspired by Herder's Critical Groves, a title I initially misunderstood as Critical Grooves, apparently eager to take it as a proto-Nietzschean affirmation of one's critical impulses. Since Herder didn't in fact write that book I'd now like to. They translate it as Critical Forestlet, which really doesn't cut it.
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Johann Gottfried von Herder was a German philosopher, theologian, poet, and literary critic. He is associated with the periods of Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, and Weimar Classicism.
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