Herder: Philosophical Writings

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 5, 2002 - Philosophy - 436 pages
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Johann Gottfried von Herder (1744–1803) is one of the most important German philosophers of the eighteenth century, who had enormous influence on later thinkers such as Hegel, Schleiermacher and Nietzsche. His wide-ranging ideas were formative in the development of linguistics, hermeneutics, anthropology and bible scholarship, and even today they retain their vitality and relevance to an extraordinary degree. This volume presents a translation of Herder's most important and characteristic philosophical writings (some of which have never before been translated) in his areas of central interest, including philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophy of history and political philosophy, as well as his general philosophical program. An introduction sets the writings in their historical context and examines their philosophical achievement.
 

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How Philosophy Can Become More Universal and Useful for the Benefit of the People 1765
3
Philosophy of Language
31
Fragments on Recent German Literature 17678 excerpts on language
33
Treatise on the Origin of Language 1772
65
Philosophy of Mind
165
On Thomas Abbts Writings 1768 selections concerning psychology
167
On Cognition and Sensation the Two Main Forces of the Human Soul 1775 preface
178
On the Cognition and Sensation of the Human Soul 1778
187
Older Critical Forestlet 17678 excerpt on history
257
This Too a Philosophy of History for the Formation of Humanity an early introduction
268
This Too a Philosophy of History for the Formation of Humanity 1774
272
Political Philosophy
359
Letters concerning the Progress of Humanity 1792 excerpts on European politics
361
Letters for the Advancement of Humanity 17937 excerpts concerning freedom of thought and expression
370
Letters for the Advancement of Humanity 17937 excerpt on patriotism
374
Letters for the Advancement of Humanity 17937 Tenth Collection
380

Philosophy of History
245
On the Change of Taste 1766
247

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Gregory Moore is lecturer in German at the University of St. Andrews. He is the editor and translator of Herder's "Selected Writings on Aesthetics" (Princeton) and the author of "Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor.

Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago. Author of Hegel's Idea of a Phenomenology of Spirit (Chicago, 1998)

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