Herder on Humanity and Cultural Difference: Enlightened Relativism (BOK)

Sonia Sikka

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Herder is often criticized for having embraced cultural relativism, but there has been little philosophical discussion of what he actually wrote about the nature of the human species and its differentiation through culture. This book focuses on Herder's idea of culture, seeking to situate his social and political theses within the context of his anthropology, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, theory of language and philosophy of history. It argues for a view of Herder as a qualified relativist, who combined the conception of a common human nature with a belief in the importance of culture in developing and shaping that nature. Especially highlighted are Herder's understanding of the relativity of virtue and happiness, and his belief in the impossibility of constructing a single best society. The book will appeal to a wide range of readers interested both in Herder and in Enlightenment culture more generally.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Sonia Sikka
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9781107004108
Antall sider 292 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 2cm
Vekt 600 gram Emner og form Western philosophy: c 1600 to c 1900, Ethics & moral philosophy