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Isaiah Berlin and the Enlightenment$
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Laurence Brockliss and Ritchie Robertson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783930

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783930.001.0001

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‘Populism, Expressionism, Pluralism’—and God?

‘Populism, Expressionism, Pluralism’—and God?

Herder’s Cultural Theory and Theology

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(p.164) 12 ‘Populism, Expressionism, Pluralism’—and God?
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Isaiah Berlin and the Enlightenment
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Kevin Hilliard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783930.003.0013

The fact that Johann Gottfried Herder has been variously assigned to the Counter-Enlightenment (by Isaiah Berlin), to the mainstream (Robert E. Norton) and to the Radical Enlightenment (Jonathan Israel) suggests both that these categories need revising and that Herder’s place in eighteenth-century thought requires better definition. The chapter begins by rehearsing and amplifying criticisms that were levelled at Berlin’s account of Herder. It then tries to re-centre the discussion by giving closer attention to the theological dimension of Herder’s thought. The change of emphasis promises to give a better account of Herder’s ideas about culture than that offered by Berlin.

Keywords:   Johann Gottfried Herder, pluralism, theology, style, sermons

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