traced the origins of much of our current vocabulary and ways of
thinking about the nation back to Johann Gottfried Herder. This volume
provides a clear, readable, and reliable translation of Auch eine Philosophie der Geschichte zur Bildung der Menschheit,
supplemented by some of Herder's other important writings on politics
and history. The editors' insightful Introduction traces the role of
Herder's thought in the evolution of nationalism and highlights its
influence on fields such as history, anthropology, and politics. The
volume is designed to give English-speaking readers more ready access to
the thinker whom Isaiah Berlin called "the father of the related
notions of nationalism, historicism, and Volksgeist."
This book presents most of Herder's important writings on aesthetics, including the main sections of one of his major untranslated works, Kritische Wälder (Critical Forests). These notes, essays, and treatises, the majority of which appear here in English for the first time, show this idiosyncratic thinker both deeply rooted in the controversies of his day and pointing the way to future developments in aesthetics. Chosen to reflect the extent and diversity of Herder's concerns, the texts cover such topics as the psychology and physiology of aesthetic perception, the classification of the arts, taste, Shakespeare, the classical tradition, and the relationship between art and morality.
Few thinkers have reflected so sensitively and productively on the cultural, historical, anthropological, ethical, and theological dimensions of art and the creative process. With this book, the importance of aesthetics to the evolution and texture of Herder's own thought, as well as his profound contribution to that discipline, comes fully into view.
With a vivid new translation and a fascinating introduction by Gregory Moore, this edition of Herder's classic will speak to today's readers with undiminished power and persuasiveness.