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Hegel on Hamann

G. W. F. Hegel

Publication Year: 2008

In 1828, G. W. F. Hegel published a critical review of Johann George Hamann, a retrospective of the life and works of one of Germany's most enigmatic and challenging thinkers and writers. While Hegel's review had enjoyed a central place in Hamann studies since its appearance, Hegel on Hamann is the first English translation of the important work. Philosophers, theologians, and literary critics welcome Anderson's stunning translation since Hamann is gaining renewed attention, not only as a key figure of German intellectual history, but also as an early forerunner of postmodern thought. Relationships between Enlightenment, Counter Enlightenment, and Idealism come to the fore as Hegel reflects on Hamann's critiques of his contemporaries Immanuel Kant, Moses Mendelssohn, J. G. Herder, and F. H. Jacobi. Hegel on Hamann also includes an introduction to Hegel's review, as well as an essay on the role of friendship in Hamann's life, in Hegel's thought, and in German intellectual culture more broadly. Rounding out the volume are its extensive annotations and bibliography, which facilitate further study of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century philosophy in English and German. This book is essential both for readers of Hegel or Hamann and for those interested in the history of German thought, the philosophy of religion, language and hermeneutics, or friendship as a philosophical category.

Published by: Northwestern University Press


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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. vii-viii

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Note on the Text

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pp. ix-x

G. W. F. Hegel’s essay “Hamanns Schriften” (“The Writings of Hamann”) originally appeared in the Jahrbücher für wissenschaftliche Kritik (Yearbooks for Scientific Criticism) in October and December 1828, nos. 77–80 and 107– 14. It was a review of J. G. Hamann’s collected works, which had appeared under the editorship of Friedrich Roth in 1821–25. The review includes...

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pp. xi-xii

I am grateful to the faculty and administration of Duke University and Hunter College, City University of New York, for affording me the time and flexibility to complete this book, and to my colleagues in German at both institutions for their feedback and encouragement as its ideas developed and crystallized. For sparking my initial interest in Hamann and...

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pp. xiii-xx

Johann Georg Hamann died in 1788, two months shy of his fifty-eighth birthday. It would be another thirty-three years before his collected works began to appear, under the editorship of Friedrich Roth.1 Once all of Hamann’s writings had come out, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel published a review of them in the Jahrbücher für wissenschaftliche Kritik (Yearbooks for Scientific Criticism), discussing at length, among other things...

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The Notion of Friendship in Hegel and Hamann

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pp. xxi-xlii

In her book Johann Georg Hamann’s Relational Metacriticism, Gwen Griffith Dickson suggests that “the key to understanding Hamann’s approach to” “language, knowledge, and anthropology” “can be found in the idea of the relationship,” both “the first and foundational . . . human-divine relationship that . . . grounds all being, knowledge and language” and “the relations of one human being to another” which...

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The Writings of Hamann by G. W. F. Hegel

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pp. 1-54

The public is most greatly indebted to the esteemed editor for the fact that he now, through his promotion and perseverance, delivers into our hands the writings of Hamann, previously accessible in their entirety only to a few and with great difficulty, and after so many prospects of their complete reprinting had fallen through. Hamann himself did not give satisfaction (R 1:x, prologue) to various invitations to organize a collection...

Appendix: Hegel’s Notebook Entries on Hamann

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pp. 55-56

Translator’s Notes

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pp. 57-78

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 79-84


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pp. 85-88

About the Author

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E-ISBN-13: 9780810163485
Print-ISBN-13: 9780810124912

Page Count: 136
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: 1

OCLC Number: 607636953
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  • Germany -- Intellectual life -- 18th century.
  • Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, -- 1770-1831 -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Hamann, Johann Georg, 1730-1788 -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Hamann, Johann Georg, 1730-1788. Hamann's Schriften.
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