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The Magus of the North: J.G. Hamann & the Origins of Modern Irrationalism

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Sir Isaiah Berlin here explores the world & the ideas of a man he calls the Enlightenment's "most passionate, consistent, extreme, & implacable enemy," a philosopher whom he considers perhaps the only "wholly original critic of modern times." J.G. Hamann was an eccentric Prussian thinker of the 18th century whose peculiar & difficult work was cherished by Kant, ...more
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (first published 1993)
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Marzieh rasouli
مجوس شمال دربارهی گئورگ هامان متفکر آلمانیه. متفکری که دشمن تفکر بود. کتاب با نقل قولی از خودش شروع میشه:"کم بیندیش و بیش زی". گئورگ هامان میتونه شخصیت عجیب یک رمان باشه. کسی که به گفتهی برلین دشمن شماره یک روشنگری و تعقل بود و اعتقاد داشت تعقل به کار کسی نمییاد، باید شخصن و بیواسطه تجربه کرد و به ندای وحی گوش داد. خیلی با همه بحث میکرد و آدما اغلب متوجه نمیشدن چی داره میگه،از این شاخه به اون شاخه میپرید و زود از کوره درمیرفت. متفکری که با این همه تقلا در تاریخ اندیشه خیلی گذرا ازش صحبت شده و ان ...more
Nov 05, 2009 Matthew rated it really liked it
This was some heavy reading but I learned a lot. My father gave me this book when I was way too young to read it, but I picked it up the other day. It took some steady plowing but I got through it in less than a week. I didn't know much about the enlightenment and even less about the counter-enlightenment. Hamann was an obscure German philosopher who influenced other thinkers that eventually led to German romanticism and its more sinister out-growths as well as the existencialist and surrealist ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Millenniumrare rated it it was amazing
Берлин не до конца понял Гамана и слегка завидует ему
Oct 14, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing
The one-to-five star system is a little silly for a book like this. Berlin wrote elegantly and economically on subjects that most writers can't tackle in similar depth without sacrificing readability, and since I haven't read much intellectual history lately, this was a good choice for getting back to it. Hamann hated rational systems, and exulted in the chaotic nature of his written work; while Berlin brings order to that chaos in explicating and criticizing Hamann's ideas, he does it with a se ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it
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As always with Berlin, this is a lucid and honest appraisal of a thinker who delighted in self-imposed (or perhaps inescapable) obscurity. The Hamann that Berlin presents us with here demands this kind of sympathetic, but tough, undertaking. The affinities Berlin finds amongst Hume, Hamann, and William James is of particular interest to this reader.
Amin Riahi
Oct 04, 2012 Amin Riahi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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برلین را دوست دارم چون آثارش فلسفه محض نیستند٬ قدرت قلم او به همراه ترجمه عالی رضا رضایی کتاب را بسیار خواندنی کرده است. ریشههای رومانیسم را به علاقهمندان تاریخ اندیشه و پرسندگان چرایی آزادی اروپا و در بند ماندن ایران توصیه میکنم. کتاب نه تنها خستهکننده نیست که بسیار هم جذاب است. ...more
Tim Pendry
Jun 07, 2008 Tim Pendry rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Specialists in Enlightenment Studies Only
A minor academic work by Berlin but an interesting account of an 'irrationalist' whose ideas should not entirely be discounted and who offers an imperfect but necessary critique of the enthusiasms of the Enlightenment.
Chris Schaeffer
Jan 04, 2011 Chris Schaeffer rated it really liked it
Pretty solid examination of a significant German romantic/anti-enlightenment thinker. Certainly easier than reading Hamann as a primary source, which is tough going.
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Sir Isaiah Berlin was a philosopher and historian of ideas, regarded as one of the leading liberal thinkers of the twentieth century. He excelled as an essayist, lecturer and conversationalist; and as a brilliant speaker who delivered, rapidly and spontaneously, richly allusive and coherently structured material, whether for a lecture series at Oxford University or as a broadcaster on the BBC Thir ...more
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