After Herder: Philosophy of Language in the German Tradition by Michael N. Forster

By Michael N. Forster

Philosophy of language has for your time now been the very middle of the self-discipline of philosophy. yet the place did it start? Frege has occasionally been pointed out as its father, yet in truth its origins lie a lot extra again, in a practice that arose in eighteenth-century Germany. Michael Forster explores that culture. He additionally makes a case that crucial philosopher inside of that culture was once J. G. Herder. It was once Herder who confirmed such basic ideas within the philosophy of language as that suggestion primarily depends upon language and that which means is composed within the utilization of phrases. It was once he who on that foundation revolutionized the idea of interpretation ("hermeneutics") and the speculation of translation. And it was once he who performed the pivotal function in founding such entire new disciplines keen on language as anthropology and linguistics. during constructing those ancient issues, this booklet additionally indicates that Herder and his culture are in lots of methods improved to dominant tendencies in additional contemporary philosophy of language: deeper of their ideas and broader of their focus.


This is a highly very important publication. First, it indicates that Herder was once not just the inventor of recent social anthropology but in addition of recent hermeneutics, philosophy of language and translation conception; moment, it indicates that Herder is stronger to more moderen philosophy of language. Michael Mack, occasions larger schooling Michael Forster's interconnected books... are full of life and leading edge invites to examine issues rather differently... the 2 books provide the main philosophically sustained, looking out, and convincing account of Herder's philosophical fulfillment to date... After Herder and German Philosophy of Language are books to be reckoned with and may amply pay off the main severe realization from historians of philosophy, philosophers of language, and social theorists. Fred Rush, Notre Dame Philosophical experiences [Forster] explores a wealthy and engaging vein within the background of philosophy. built with titanic erudition and a pointy eye for logical differences, he offers its achievements in an in depth, yet systematic and digestible, shape. Michael Inwood, Mind

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This proposal has often been thought (for example, by Meinecke) to mean that the interpreter should perform some sort of psychological self-projection onto texts. However, that is emphatically not Herder’s idea—for that would amount to just the sort of distorting assimilation of the thought in a text to one’s own which he is above all concerned to avoid. As can be seen from This Too a Philosophy of History, what he has in mind is instead an arduous process of historical-philological inquiry.

And it exercised an enormous influence on successors (for example, on Hegel in connection with antidualism, the role of physical behavior in mental conditions, faculty-unity, and the sociality of meaning, thought, and self; on Schleiermacher in connection with anti-dualism and faculty-unity; and on Nietzsche in connection with the interdependence of cognition and volition, or affects, the individuality of the mind and the consequent need for an individualistic psychology, and the mind’s lack of self-transparency).

Malinowski’s father, who held the chair in Slavonic philology at the university Malinowski attended in Poland, was a German-trained expert in philology and comparative grammar with a special interest in collecting folksongs and folklore—an intellectual profile which immediately places him within Herder’s sphere of influence. Also, Malinowski himself studied in Leipzig with Wilhelm johann gottfried herder 27 Wundt, the author of the massive work V¨olkerpsychologie (1900–9), and indeed even began writing a dissertation there on V¨olkerpsychologie.

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