Another Philosophy of History and Selected Political Writings / Edition 1

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Historians of ideas, and students of nationalism in particular, have 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Evrigenis and Pellerin should be congratulated for editing this volume, which publishes Herder's smaller and early work, Another Philosophy of History, including six smaller essays on the same topic. This volume offers the opportunity to introduce Herder to students in a survey of the history of political thought, along with his better-known contemporaries such as Rousseau, Kant, Burke, and Hegel, as well as their predecessors Machiavelli, Locke, and Hobbes. Evrigenis and Pellerin's edition gives the reader a fine introduction to Herder and his thought. The selections of the smaller essays are very helpful in allowing someone unfamiliar with Herder to see how his important thoughts could be responsible in shaping how thinkers in the later half of the 19th Century thought about the nation and the role of politics in general. Rating:
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The translation . . . is beautiful, precise, and eminently readable. . . . I found the notes extremely helpful. --Frederick Neuhouser, Barnard College, Columbia University

Foreign Affairs
Herder, selections of whose writings are translated and presented here, has often been described as a father of modern nationalism. But as the editors of this collection show, things are not so simple. In his nuanced comments on history, Herder writes of the progression of mankind but not of progress-even in the wake of the Enlightenment, the tyranny of reason is still tyranny. He also offers a prescient condemnation of expansionist nationalism and does not endorse notions of German ethnic superiority. He offers a conception of national identity that is more civic than it is racial or ethnic-people linked by a common language and common customs, endowed "with one national character"-and thus dislikes conquests and tyrannies. Essentially, Herder is a moderate with limited expectations, who knows that history has frequently been a wrecker of hopes. There is much wisdom in these pages, even if Herder's path is anything but linear.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872207158
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Hackett Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,353,882
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ioannis D. Evrigenis is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Tufts University.

Daniel Pellerin is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore.

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Table of Contents

Suggestions for Further Reading.
Note on Texts and Translation.


Another Philosophy of History for the Education of Mankind

Of the Changes in the Tastes of the Nations through the Ages

Do We Still Have a Fatherland?

Do We Still Have the Fatherland of the Ancients?

On the Characters of Nations and Ages

Governments as Inherited Regimes

The Influence of Free Legislation on the Sciences and Arts

Biographical Register.
Index (with corresponding German terms).

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