By Kenneth Haynes
Johann Georg Hamann (1730-1788) is an enormous determine not just in German philosophy but additionally in literature and spiritual heritage. In his personal time he wrote penetrating criticisms of Herder, Kant, Mendelssohn, and different Enlightenment thinkers; after his demise he used to be an incredible determine for Goethe, Hegel, Kierkegaard, and others. It was once basically within the 20th century, in spite of the fact that, that the whole and radical quantity of his 'linguistic' critique of philosophy was once well-known. This quantity provides a brand new translation of a big variety of his essays, together with either well-known and lesser-known works. Hamann's enigmatic prose-style was once intentionally at odds with Enlightenment assumptions approximately language, and a whole equipment of annotation explains the various allusions in his essays. the quantity is finished by means of a historic and philosophical advent and recommendations for additional examining.