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Herder's political thought [electronic resource] : a study of language, culture, and community /
Vicki A. Spencer.
imprint
Toronto : Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2012.
description
xi, 354 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1442643021, 9781442643024
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Book
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imprint
Toronto : Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2012.
isbn
1442643021
9781442643024
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
11763777
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [307]-337) and index.
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'Spencer's study is an excellent illumination of key concepts of Herder's thinking… It makes a major contribution to our better understanding of a key eighteenth-century figure whose wide-ranging intellectual achievement and contemporary relevance deserve a much broader English-speaking audience.'
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Johann Gottfried Herder was a philosopher and important intellectual presence in eighteenth-century Germany. Herder's Political Thoughtexamines the work of this significant figure in the context of both historical and contemporary developments in political philosophy. Vicki A. Spencer reveals Herder as one of the first Western philosophers to grapple seriously with cultural diversity without abandoning a commitment to universal values and the first to make language and culture an issue of justice. As Spencer argues, both have made Herder a source of inspiration for the pluralist turn of contemporary political philosophy. Contending that in an era of globalization, it is no longer possible to ignore Herder's crucial insights on the relationship between cultural membership and individual identity, Spencer demonstrates how these ideas can help us understand, and perhaps resolve, the linguistic and cultural-political struggles of our times.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
The Origin of Languagep. 26
Expressivismp. 43
Culture, Identity, and Communityp. 68
The Pluralist Alternativep. 96
Nationalismp. 129
Republicanismp. 158
Multiculturalismp. 185
Conclusionp. 215
Notesp. 221
Bibliographyp. 307
Indexp. 339
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