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After Enlightenment: Hamann as Post-Secular Visionary is a comprehensive introduction to the life and works of eighteenth-century German philosopher, J. G. Hamann, the founding father of what has come to be known as Radical Orthodoxy. Provides a long-overdue, comprehensive introduction to Haman's fascinating life and controversial works, including his role as a friend and critic of Kant and some of the most renowned German intellectuals of the age Features substantial new translations of the most important passages from across Hamann's writings, some of which have never been translated into English Examines Hamann's highly original views on a range of topics, including faith, reason, revelation, Christianity, biblical exegesis, Socrates, theological aesthetics, language, sexuality, religion, politics, and the relationship between Judaism and Christianity Presents Hamann as the 'founding father' of a distinctly post-modern, post-secular theology and, as such, as an alternative to the 'postmodern triumvirate' of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida Considers Hamann's work as a touchtone of modern Jewish-Christian dialogue, in view of debates with his friend Moses Mendelssohn Explores Hamann's role as the visionary founder of a 'metacritical' movement that radically calls into question the basic principles of modern secular reason, and thus reprises the debate between those defending Hamann's views and those labeling him the bete noir of the Enlightenment Content: Chapter 1 Life and Writings 1730–1788 (pages 23–37): Chapter 2 The London Writings: On the Glory of Trinitarian Condescension (pages 38–62): Chapter 3 A Typological Re?reading of Socrates: On Faith, Reason, and History (pages 63–87): Chapter 4 Life and Writings 1760–1774 (pages 89–112): Chapter 5 Toward a Christological Poetics: A New Aesthetics of Scripture and Creation (pages 113–140): Chapter 6 Correcting a Disciple: Hamann and Herder on the Origin of Language (pages 141–164): Chapter 7 Life and Writings 1775–1780 (pages 165–177): Chapter 8 The Sibyl Speaks: On the Protological and Eschatological Mystery of Marriage (pages 178–188): Chapter 9 Fragments of an Apocryphal Sibyl: On Rational and Apocalyptic Religion (pages 189–215): Chapter 10 Life and Writings 1780–1784 (pages 217–229): Chapter 11 Hamann's Metacritique of Kant: Deconstructing the Transcendental Dream (pages 230–257): Chapter 12 Metacritical Politics: On Mendelssohn's Jerusalem and the Modern Secular State (pages 258–290): Chapter 13 Life and Writings 1785–1788 (pages 291–311):
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