Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Modern Religion, Modern Race$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Theodore Vial

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190212551

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212551.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 30 May 2020

Herder and Schleiermacher as Unfamiliar Sources of Racism

Herder and Schleiermacher as Unfamiliar Sources of Racism

(p.155) 5 Herder and Schleiermacher as Unfamiliar Sources of Racism
Modern Religion, Modern Race

Theodore Vial

Oxford University Press

We take for granted a theory of human nature that Charles Taylor has called “expressivism.” Expressivism shows how individuals are shaped by their communities (through language and culture) and how individuals shape their communities (each act expresses the personality of the actor, thereby subtly shifting the language and culture available to the actors’ contemporaries and cultural successors). Expressivism ties individual and group identity together. It lies at the core of our modern ideas of religion and race because it shows why these groups are central to our identity, and why membership in religious and racial groups shapes the ways we think and act. Though Herder attacks Kant’s race theories, and Schleiermacher is an early and robust pluralist, both are key figures in the construction of the Western anthropology of expressivism that makes modern race-thinking possible and ties race to religious groups.

Keywords:   expressivism, Charles Taylor, Isaiah Berlin, theological anthropology, philosophical anthropology, modern Western theory of human nature, expressivism and religion, expressivism and race

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .