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Herder's Historicism, its Genesis and Development

Frederick C. Beiser

in The German Historicist Tradition

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199691555
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731839 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691555.003.0004
Herder's Historicism, its Genesis and Development

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This chapter is a close study of the origins and development of Herder's views on history. It treats Herder's early views on aesthetics, religion and anthropology insofar as they form the background to these views. It also examines Herder's later theory of historical explanation, providing a close account of his two classic works on history, Auch eine Philosophie der Geschichte and the Ideen. It is a central contention of this chapter that Herder's development underwent a radical shift, so that he does not have throughout his career a single coherent philosophy of history.

Keywords: Herder; anthropology; aesthetics; relativism; Enlightenment; origins of language; Enlightenment historiography

Chapter.  38090 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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