German Philosophy of Language: From Schlegel to Hegel and beyond

Paperback | November 6, 2013

byMichael N. Forster

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Michael Forster here presents a ground-breaking study of German philosophy of language in the nineteenth century (and beyond). His previous book, After Herder, showed that the eighteenth-century philosopher J.G. Herder played the fundamental role in founding modern philosophy of language,including new theories of interpretation ("hermeneutics") and translation, as well as in establishing such whole new disciplines concerned with language as anthropology and linguistics. This new volume reveals that Herder's ideas continued to have a profound impact on such important nineteenth-century thinkers as Friedrich Schlegel (the leading German Romantic), Wilhelm von Humboldt (a founder of linguistics), and G.W.F. Hegel (the leading German Idealist). Forster shows that themost valuable ideas about language in this tradition were continuous with Herder's, whereas deviations from the latter that occurred tended to be inferior. This book not only sets the historical record straight but also champions the Herderian tradition for its philosophical depth andbreadth.

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Michael Forster here presents a ground-breaking study of German philosophy of language in the nineteenth century (and beyond). His previous book, After Herder, showed that the eighteenth-century philosopher J.G. Herder played the fundamental role in founding modern philosophy of language,including new theories of interpretation ("herme...

Michael N. Forster read P.P.E. at Oxford University, and earned his PhD in Philosophy at Princeton University. Since 1985 he has taught at the University of Chicago, where he served for ten years as chairman of the Philosophy Department and is currently Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy. He is the author of s...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 6, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionPart I: Schlegel1. Friedrich Schlegel2. Friedrich Schlegel's HermeneuticsPart II: Humboldt3. Wilhelm von Humboldt4. Herder, Schlegel, Humboldt, and the Birth of Modern LinguisticsPart III: Hegel5. Hegel on Language6. Hegel and Some (Near-)Contemporaries: Narrow or Broad Expressivism?7. Hegel and HermeneuticsPart IV: And Beyond8. Philosophy of Language in the Nineteenth Century9. HermeneuticsSelect BibliographyIndex