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By Johann Gottfried Herder

A seminal determine within the philosophy of heritage, tradition, and language, Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) additionally produced probably the most vital and unique works within the historical past of aesthetic concept. A pupil of Kant, he spent a lot of his lifestyles striving to reconcile the opposing poles of Enlightenment suggestion represented via his early mentors. His rules prompted Hegel, Schleiermacher, Nietzsche, Dilthey, J. S. Mill, and Goethe.

This ebook offers such a lot of Herder's vital writings on aesthetics, together with the most sections of 1 of his significant untranslated works, Kritische Wälder (Critical Forests). those notes, essays, and treatises, the vast majority of which seem right here in English for the 1st time, convey this idiosyncratic philosopher either deeply rooted within the controversies of his day and pointing how to destiny advancements in aesthetics. selected to mirror the level and variety of Herder's issues, the texts conceal such issues because the psychology and body structure of aesthetic belief, the type of the humanities, flavor, Shakespeare, the classical culture, and the connection among paintings and morality.

Few thinkers have mirrored so sensitively and productively at the cultural, ancient, anthropological, moral, and theological dimensions of paintings and the inventive method. With this publication, the significance of aesthetics to the evolution and texture of Herder's personal proposal, in addition to his profound contribution to that self-discipline, comes totally into view.

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