What We Are Reading Today: Selected Writings on Aesthetics by Johann Gottfried Herder

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A seminal figure in the philosophy of history, culture, and
language, Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) also produced some of
the most important and original works in the history of aesthetic
theory. A student of Kant, he spent much of his life striving to
reconcile the opposing poles of Enlightenment thought represented
by his early mentors. His ideas influenced Hegel, Schleiermacher,
Nietzsche, Dilthey, J. S. Mill, and Goethe.

This book presents most of Herder’s important writings on
aesthetics, including the main sections of one of his major
untranslated works, Kritische Wälder (Critical Forests), says a
review on the Princeton University Press website. 

These notes, essays, and treatises, the majority of which appear
here in English for the first time, show this idiosyncratic thinker
both deeply rooted in the controversies of his day and pointing the
way to future developments in aesthetics. The texts cover such
topics as the psychology and physiology of aesthetic
perception.

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What We Are Reading Today: Selected Writings on Aesthetics by Johann Gottfried Herder