After Herder: Philosophy of Language in the German Tradition

Paperback | November 2, 2012

byMichael N. Forster

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Philosophy of language has for some time now been the very core of the discipline of philosophy. But where did it begin? Frege has sometimes been identified as its father, but in fact its origins lie much further back, in a tradition that arose in eighteenth-century Germany. Michael Forsterexplores that tradition. He also makes a case that the most important thinker within that tradition was J. G. Herder. It was Herder who established such fundamental principles in the philosophy of language as that thought essentially depends on language and that meaning consists in the usage ofwords. It was he who on that basis revolutionized the theory of interpretation ("hermeneutics") and the theory of translation. And it was he who played the pivotal role in founding such whole new disciplines concerned with language as anthropology and linguistics. In the course of developing thesehistorical points, this book also shows that Herder and his tradition are in many ways superior to dominant trends in more recent philosophy of language: deeper in their principles and broader in their focus.

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Philosophy of language has for some time now been the very core of the discipline of philosophy. But where did it begin? Frege has sometimes been identified as its father, but in fact its origins lie much further back, in a tradition that arose in eighteenth-century Germany. Michael Forsterexplores that tradition. He also makes a case ...

Since 1985 Michael Forster has taught at the University of Chicago, where he served for ten years as chairman of the Philosophy Department and is currently the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy and the College. He is the author of six books on German philosophy, including German Philosophy of Language: From S...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 2, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: Herder1. Johann Gottfried Herder2. Herder's Philosophy of Language, Interpretation, and Translation: Three Fundamental Principles3. Gods, Animals, and Artists: Some Problem Cases in Herder's Philosophy of Language4. Herder's Importance as a Philosopher5. Herder on Genre6. Herder and the Birth of Modern Anthropology7. The Liberal Temper in Classical German Philosophy: Freedom of Thought and ExpressionPart II: Hamann8. Johann Georg Hamann9. Hamann's Seminal Importance for the Philosophy of Language?Part III: Schleiermacher10. Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher11. Schleiermacher's Hermeneutics: Some Problems and Solutions12. Herder, Schleiermacher, and the Birth of Foreignizing TranslationSelect Bibliography

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"will amply repay the most serious attention from historians of philosophy, philosophers of language, and social theorists" --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews