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- DescriptionAmong his generation of intellectuals, the eighteenth-century German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder is recognized both for his invative philosophy of language and history and for his passionate criticism of racism, colonialism, and imperialism. A student of Immanuel Kant, Herder challenged the idea that anyone - even the philosophers of the Enlightenment - could have a mopoly on truth. In Herder: Aesthetics against Imperialism, John K. Noyes plumbs the connections between Herder's anti-imperialism, often ackwledged but rarely explored in depth, and his epistemological investigations. Noyes argues that Herder's anti-rationalist epistemology, his rejection of universal conceptions of truth, kwledge, and justice, constitutes the first attempt to establish t just a moral but an epistemological foundation for anti-imperialism. Engaging with the work of postcolonial theorists such Dipesh Chakrabarty and Gayatri Spivak, this book is a valuable reassessment of Enlightenment anti-imperialism that demonstrates Herder's continuing relevance to postcolonial studies today.
- Author BiographyJohn K. Noyes is a professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto.
- Author(s)John K. Noyes
- PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
- Date of Publication23/12/2015
- Series TitleGerman & European Studies
- Place of PublicationToronto
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of Toronto Press
- Content Note10
- Weight760 g
- Width162 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine33 mm
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