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The Immanent Word: The Turn to Language in German Philosophy, 1759-1801

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Overview

The Immanent Word establishes that the philosophical study of language inaugurated in the 1759 works of Hamann and Lessing marks a paradigm shift in modern philosophy; it analyzes the transformation of that shift in works of Herder, Kant, Fichte, Novalis and Schlegel. It contends that recent studies of early linguistic philosophy obscure the most relevant commission of its thinkers, arguing against the theological appropriation of Hamann by John Milbank; against the "expressive" appropriation of Hamann and Herder by Christina Lafont and Charles Taylor; and against Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy’s uncritical championing of Schlegel’s ideological position.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415542845
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Radical Tradition: Hamann and Lessing
Hamann's Challenge     25
Lessing's Letters and Demands     47
The Divided Heart of Naturalism: Herder
Herder's Treatise on the Origin of Language     75
Herder and Kant     125
Jena Romanticism: The Promise of Logology and The Production of Incomprehensibility
Fichte on Idealism and Language     159
Novalis and the Renewal of Logology     173
Schlegel's On Incomprehensibility and Ideas     207
Concluding Remarks     229
Notes     235
Bibliography     249
Index     259
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