After Enlightenment


376 pages


After Enlightenment: Hamann as Post-Secular Visionary is a comprehensive introduction to the life and works of eighteenth-century German philosopher, J. G. Hamann, the founding father of what has come to be known as Radical Orthodoxy.
  • Provides a long-overdue, comprehensive introduction to Haman's fascinating life and controversial works, including his role as a friend and critic of Kant and some of the most renowned German intellectuals of the age
  • Features substantial new translations of the most important passages from across Hamann's writings, some of which have never been translated into English
  • Examines Hamann's highly original views on a range of topics, including faith, reason, revelation, Christianity, biblical exegesis, Socrates, theological aesthetics, language, sexuality, religion, politics, and the relationship between Judaism and Christianity
  • Presents Hamann as the 'founding father' of a distinctly post-modern, post-secular theology and, as such, as an alternative to the 'postmodern triumvirate' of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida
  • Considers Hamann's work as a touchtone of modern Jewish-Christian dialogue, in view of debates with his friend Moses Mendelssohn
  • Explores Hamann's role as the visionary founder of a 'metacritical' movement that radically calls into question the basic principles of modern secular reason, and thus reprises the debate between those defending Hamann's views and those labeling him the bête noir of the Enlightenment



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Ajouté le 30 janvier 2009
EAN13 9781444304589
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Langue English
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Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations
Introduction  Notorious Darkness: Reading Sibylline Leaves  A Brief History of Scholarship  Hamann and Modern Theology  Aim and Overview
Part I
The Making of a Christian Socrates
1 Life and Writings 1730–1788  The Making of a Philologist  Hamann’s Conversion  Hamann’s Falling Out with Berens  Hamann’s Relationship with Kant
2 The London Writings: On the Glory of Trinitarian Condescension  Night Thoughts: On the Interpretation of Scripture  Glory in the “Rags” of Scripture  Biblical Meditations  “Reflections on church hymns”  “Fragments” and “Prophecies”
3 A Typological Rereading of Socrates: On Faith, Reason, and History  The Prophet and the Idol  From Socratic Irony to Christian Humor  Toward a Philosophy of History  A Propaedeutic to Real Enlightenment  Converting Hume: Knowledge “By Faith Alone”  Kant, Hamann, and the Socalled “KinderphysikFiasco”
Part II
Crusades of the Philologist
4 Life and Writings 1760–1774  Against the Purification of Language  TheMagiand “The Knight of Faith”  Crusades of the Philologist
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1 8 13 18 19
25 26 29 32 34
38 39 43 45 53 55
63 65 68 71 76 82 84
91 91 93 96
viiiCONTENTS On “Solomon of Prussia” and High School Drama  The Hamann–Herder Connection A Satirical Masterpiece and Other Writings
 5 Toward a Christological Poetics: A New Aesthetics of Scripture and Creation  Cloverleaf of Hellenistic Letters: On the Style of Scripture  Aesthetica in nuce: On the Language of Creation  The Dithyrambs of a Christian Dionysus  Seeing All Things in Christ  Toward a Christological Poetics
 6 Correcting a Disciple: Hamann and Herder on the Origin of Language  Hamann’s Review of Herder’sPreisschrift  The Return of Aristobulus  Philological Ideas and Doubts The Crusading Knight’s Last Will and Testament  The Mystery of Language: The Alpha and Omega
Part III
Masks and Mystery Writings
Life and Writings 1775–1780 Hierophantic Letters Family Life: Portrait of a Christian Sensualist Two Mites: On the Tabernacle of Language
 8 The Sibyl Speaks: On the Protological and Eschatological Mystery of Marriage  The Mystery of Marriage: Averum signaculum Creatoris  Essay of a Sibyl on Marriage  “Aprons of fig leaves”: On Reason’s Inveterate Shame
 9 Fragments of an Apocryphal Sibyl: On Rational and Apocalyptic Religion  Doubts (about Reason) and Ideas  (about the Mystical Body of Christ)  Konxompax: An Apocryphal Letter to Lessing
Part IV
Metacritique: of Reason, Natural Religion, and Secular Politics
10 Life and Writings 1780–1784  Hamann’s “Twins” of 1784  Hamann and Jacobi  Divestment and Transfiguration  “Metacritical tubs”?
103 104 109
113 117 123 128 133 136
141 144 147 149 158 163
167 167 170 173
178 179 182 184
191 197
219 220 222 222 228
11 Hamann’sMetacritiqueof Kant: Deconstructing the Transcendental Dream  Transcendental “Mystique”: The First Review  of theCritique of Pure Reason  TheMetacritique: A Brief History of the Purisms of Reason  The “Genealogical Priority” of Language  Language as a Sacrament
12 Metacritical Politics: On Mendelssohn’sJerusalemand the Modern Secular State  A Synopsis of Mendelssohn’sJerusalem  Golgotha and Scheblimini: By a Preacher in the Desert  Built upon Sand: The Babel of Modern Natural Rights  Defending Judaism against Secular Reason, or the Real Content  of the Real Jerusalem  Prospect for Jewish–Christian Dialogue
Part V
A Final Journey: Hamann’s Last Will and Testament
13 Life and Writings 1785–1788  The Münster Circle  The “Dictators of Pure Reason”  Portrait of a Christian: Greatness inKnechtsgestalt  Una Sancta Ecclesia  A Cryptic Final Testament  The Journey Home
Conclusion. After Postmodernity: Hamann before the Postmodern Triumvirate  Hamann and Postmodernity  Hamann before Nietzsche  Hamann before Heidegger  Hamann before Derrida  A Concluding Postscript to Postmodernity
Biblical Index Index
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258 262 270 273
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312 313 319 326 331 337
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