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By Johann Georg Hamann

Johann Georg Hamann - Writings on Philosophy and Language. Edited by way of: Kenneth Haynes. Cambridge collage Press, 2007. 292 pages (Cambridge Texts within the historical past of Philosophy). ISBN: 9780521520676

Johann Georg Hamann (1730–1788) is an incredible determine not just in German philosophy but in addition in literature and spiritual heritage. In his personal time he wrote penetrating criticisms of Herder, Kant, Mendelssohn, and different Enlightenment thinkers; after his loss of life he used to be an immense determine for Goethe, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and others. It used to be purely within the 20th century, notwithstanding, that the entire and radical quantity of his 'linguistic' critique of philosophy used to be famous. This 2007 quantity provides a translation of a big variety of his essays, together with either well-known and lesser-known works. Hamann's enigmatic prose-style used to be intentionally at odds with Enlightenment assumptions approximately language, and a whole equipment of annotation explains the varied allusions in his essays. the quantity is done by means of a old and philosophical advent and recommendations for additional reading.

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