Hamann Writings on Philosophy and Language

ISBN-10: 0521520673

ISBN-13: 9780521520676

Edition: 2007 (Annotated)

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Johann Georg Hamann (1730-1788) is a major figure not only in German philosophy but also in literature and religious history. In his own time he wrote penetrating criticisms of Herder, Kant, Mendelssohn, and other Enlightenment thinkers; after his death he was an important figure for Goethe, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and others. It was only in the twentieth century, however, that the full and radical extent of his 'linguistic' critique of philosophy was recognized. This volume presents a new translation of a wide selection of his essays, including both famous and lesser-known works. Hamann's enigmatic prose-style was deliberately at odds with Enlightenment assumptions about language, and a full apparatus of annotation explains the numerous allusions in his essays. The volume is completed by a historical and philosophical introduction and suggestions for further reading.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Introduction
Chronology
Further reading
Note on the text, translation, and annotation
Writings on Philosophy and Language
Two dedications, from Socratic Memorabilia (1759)
Essay on an Academic Question (1760)
Miscellaneous Notes on Word Order in the French Language (1760)
Cloverleaf of Hellenistic Letters (1762)
Aesthetica in Nuce (1762)
The Last Will and Testament of the Knight of the Rose-Cross (1772)
Philological Ideas and Doubts (written in 1772)
To the Solomon of Prussia (written in 1772)
New Apology of the Letter h (1773)
Golgotha and Sheblimini! (1784)
Metacritique on the Purism of Reason (written in 1784)
From Disrobing and Transfiguration: A Flying Letter to Nobody, the Well Known (1786)
Index of biblical passages
Index of names
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