Hamann and the Tradition
Publication Year: 2012
Recent years have witnessed a resurgence of scholarly interest in the work of Johann Georg Hamann (1730–1788), across disciplines. New translations of work by and about Hamann are appearing, as are a number of books and articles on Hamann’s aesthetics, theories of language and sexuality, and unique place in Enlightenment and counter-Enlightenment thought.
Edited by Lisa Marie Anderson, Hamann and the Tradition gathers established and emerging scholars to examine the full range of Hamann’s impact—be it on German Romanticism or on the very practice of theology. Of particular interest to those not familiar with Hamann will be a chapter devoted to examining—or in some cases, placing—Hamann in dialogue with other important thinkers, such as Socrates, David Hume, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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Among those familiar with the work of Johann Georg Hamann (1730– 1788), it has become a commonplace that the esoteric, impenetrable nature of his work has limited his audience, particularly outside of . . .
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Part 1. Situating Hamann
1. Reading “Sibylline Leaves”: J. G. Hamann in the History of Ideas (John R. Betz)
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Though long overshadowed by the more familiar lights of the German Enlightenment, arguably no single figure of the late eighteenth century had a greater influence upon the intellectual giants of the early . . .
2. “There Is an Idol in the Temple of Learning”: Hamann and the History of Philosophy (Kenneth Haynes)
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“Poor Hamann,” Kierkegaard (or “Johannes Climacus”) apostrophizes in the . . .
Part 2. Hamann in Dialogue
3. God, I, and Thou: Hamann and the Personalist Tradition (Gwen Griffith-Dickson)
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Hamann’s picture of the human person is of a creature that is fundamentally related to others—both to other humans and to God—as part of its own being. This “relational” character of our personhood is shown . . .
4. Hamann and Kant on the Good Will (Manfred Kuehn)
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“How beautiful a counterpart of pure reason is the good will ? Doesn’t each one of them deserve a millstone around the neck?” (ZH 6:440). Hamann’s pun isn’t easily rendered in English. What I have translated as . . .
5. Metaschematizing Socrates: Hamann, Kierkegaard, and Kant on the Value of the Enlightenment (Kelly Dean Jolley)
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This chapter looks like commentary on J. G. Hamann’s Socratic Memorabilia and on various works of Kierkegaard’s that address and assess Socrates, like On Irony or Concluding Unscientific Postscript. The looks . . .
6. Skepticism and Faith in Hamann and Kierkegaard (Stephen Cole Leach)
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Kierkegaard is popularly supposed to be indebted in some way to Hamann— but in all of Kierkegaard’s many published works, Hamann’s name appears but briefly. Aside from an epigraph taken from one of . . .
7. Hamann, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein on the Language of Philosophers (Jonathan Gray)
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In this chapter I shall examine some of Johann Georg Hamann’s claims about how philosophers misuse, misunderstand, and are misled by language. I will then examine how he anticipates things that Friedrich . . .
Part 3. Hamann’s Place in German Literary History
8. Rhapsodic Dismemberment: Hamann and the Fable (Lori Yamato)
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The eighteenth century saw a peculiar interest in the fable as an important literary genre. The fable, precariously perched between philosophy and literature, sacred and profane, sophistic manipulation and . . .
9. Hamann, Goethe, and the West-Eastern Divan (Kamaal Haque)
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It has long become a commonplace in scholarship on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749– 1832) that he was influenced by the writings of Johann Georg Hamann, though critics differ as to what extent. Indeed, the . . .
10. Hallucinating Europe: Hamann and His Impact on German Romantic Drama (Christian Sinn)
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At first glance, Johann Georg Hamann’s philosophical methods appear unintelligible. However, those methods do not testify to his “irrationality,” but are indicative of a new philosophical style. Rather than . . .
Part 4. Hamann and Theology
11. God as Author: On the Theological Foundation of Hamann’s Authorial Poetics (Oswald Bayer)
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In his first publication, Socratic Memorabilia (1759), Hamann writes: “What is it in Homer that makes up for his ignorance of the rules of art, which Aristotle invented after him, and what is it in Shakespeare that makes up . . .
12. Metaphysics and Metacritique: Hamann’s Understanding of the Word of God in the Tradition of Lutheran Theology (Johannes von Lüpke)
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The concept of “metacritique,” like the term, is without doubt an invention of Johann Georg Hamann. In his discussion with Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason Hamann offered his concept of metacritique, answering . . .
13. Is Theology Possible After Hamann? (Katie Terezakis)
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If theology is writing about God, Gods, or religion, or about the sacred texts of a religion, then Hamann’s writings are theological. If theology is a study of religion undertaken by one of its members from the . . .
Appendix: A New English Bibliography of Works on Hamann (Andrew J. Sherrod)
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Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Topics in Historical Philosophy
Series Editor Byline: McCumber, John