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Language, Reason, and Sociability: Herder's Critique of Rousseau

Language, Reason, and Sociability: Herder's Critique of Rousseau Intellectual History Review 22(2) June 2012: 221–240 LANGUAGE,REASON, AND SOCIABILITY:HERDER’S CRITIQUE OF ROUSSEAU Nigel DeSouza Johann Gottfried Herder’s Treatise on the Origin of Language (1772) is about much more than the origin of language. The secondary literature has tended to focus on the latter, and while this has been changing in recent years, especially in the German scholarship, there has still been no study which adequately exposes (1) what Herder is actually doing in the treatise as a whole, and (2) how it fits into his wider philosophy. This article is intended to be a contri- bution towards achieving these objectives. It seeks to show how the Treatise can be illuminat- ingly seen as a sustained response to the challenge laid down by Rousseau in his Discourse on the Origin of Inequality with respect not just to the origin of language, but to the connections between language, reason, and sociability. Central to this enterprise is Herder’s rejection of the notion of réflexion en puissance (the potential for reflection) and his argument for natural sociability in Part II of the Treatise, which has received scant attention in the secondary lit- erature. Informing Herder’s theory is a conception of the soul http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Intellectual History Review Taylor & Francis

Language, Reason, and Sociability: Herder's Critique of Rousseau

Intellectual History Review , Volume 22 (2): 20 – Jun 1, 2012
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1749-6985
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1749-6977
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10.1080/17496977.2012.693745
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Intellectual History Review 22(2) June 2012: 221–240 LANGUAGE,REASON, AND SOCIABILITY:HERDER’S CRITIQUE OF ROUSSEAU Nigel DeSouza Johann Gottfried Herder’s Treatise on the Origin of Language (1772) is about much more than the origin of language. The secondary literature has tended to focus on the latter, and while this has been changing in recent years, especially in the German scholarship, there has still been no study which adequately exposes (1) what Herder is actually doing in the treatise as a whole, and (2) how it fits into his wider philosophy. This article is intended to be a contri- bution towards achieving these objectives. It seeks to show how the Treatise can be illuminat- ingly seen as a sustained response to the challenge laid down by Rousseau in his Discourse on the Origin of Inequality with respect not just to the origin of language, but to the connections between language, reason, and sociability. Central to this enterprise is Herder’s rejection of the notion of réflexion en puissance (the potential for reflection) and his argument for natural sociability in Part II of the Treatise, which has received scant attention in the secondary lit- erature. Informing Herder’s theory is a conception of the soul

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Published: Jun 1, 2012

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