Corporeality, Subjectivity, and Language in Johann Georg Hamann
1. Walter Ziesemer and Arthur Henkel. eds. Johann Georg Hamann Briefwechsel (Wiesbaden: Insel, 1955), Vol. 7 of 7 vols., 424. Hereafter referred to as ZH. 2. Herman Grimm, Goethe: Vorlesungen. Gehalten an der Kgl. Universität zu Berlin. (Berlin:Wilhelm Herz, 1880), 43. 3. In Berlin’s words, Hamann is “The most passionate, consistent, extreme and implacable enemy of the Enlightenment and, in particular, of all forms of ratio- nalism of his time.” Berlin, Isaiah. Magus of the North: JG Hamann and the Origins of Modern Irrationalism. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1993). 1. This study will depart decisively from Berlin’s claim that Hamann’s thought represents a precursor to modern irrationalism. As will be shown, Hamann argues stridently for an understanding of reason that takes into account its genealogy as a symbolic and secretive representation of God’s Word. Hamann thereby does not reject reason and rationalism, but rather rejects the notion of understanding it as independent of tradition and experience. 4. Quoted in: Josef Simon, ed. Johann Georg Hamann. Schriften zur Sprache (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1967), 70. 5. John Betz, After Enlightenment: the Post-Secular Vision of J. G. Hamann (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), 3. 6. Johann Georg Hamann, Werke. ed. Josef Nadler (Wuppertal: Brockhaus. 1999) Vol. II of 6 vols., 73. Hereafter referred to as N. Endnotes Goesser Assaiante_T4.qxd 9/1/2011 3:55 PM Page 123 7. Martin Luther, Christian Liberty, ed. Harold J. Grimm (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1957). 8. G. W. F. Hegel, Hamanns Schriften, in Sämtliche Werke, ed. Eva...
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