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    Michael N. Forster (2011). German Philosophy of Language: From Schlegel to Hegel and Beyond. Oxford University Press.
    This book not only sets the historical record straight but also champions the Herderian tradition for its philosophical depth and breadth.
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    Michael N. Forster (2005). Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press.
    What is the nature of a conceptual scheme? Are there alternative conceptual schemes? If so, are some more justifiable or correct than others? The later Wittgenstein already addresses these fundamental philosophical questions under the general rubric of "grammar" and the question of its "arbitrariness"--and does so with great subtlety. This book explores Wittgenstein's views on these questions. Part I interprets his conception of grammar as a generalized version of Kant's transcendental idealist solution to a puzzle about necessity. It also seeks (...)
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    Michael N. Forster (1998). Hegel's Idea of a Phenomenology of Spirit. University of Chicago Press.
    In Hegel's Idea of a Phenomenology of Spirit, Michael N. Forster advances an original reading of the work.
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  4. Michael Forster (2010). Wittgenstein on Family Resemblance Concepts. In Arif Ahmed (ed.), Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations: A Critical Guide. Cambridge University Press
     
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    Michael N. Forster (2009). Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press.
    This book puts forward a much-needed reappraisal of Immanuel Kant's conception of and response to skepticism, as set forth principally in the Critique of Pure Reason.
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    Michael N. Forster (1998). On the Very Idea of Denying the Existence of Radically Different Conceptual Schemes. Inquiry 41 (2):133 – 185.
    It has become very popular among philosophers to attempt to discredit, or at least set severe limits to, the thesis that there exist conceptual schemes radically different from ours. This fashion is misconceived. Philosophers have attempted to justify it in two main ways: by means of arguments which are a priorist relative to the relevant linguistic and textual evidence (and either independent of or based upon positive theories of meaning, understanding, and interpretation); and by means of arguments which are a (...)
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    Michael N. Forster (2006). Socrates' Demand for Definitions. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 31:1-47.
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    Michael N. Forster (1989). Hegel and Skepticism. Harvard University Press.
    This book should cause a re-evaluation of Hegel, and German Idealism generally, and contribute to a re-evaluation of the skeptical tradition in philosophy.
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    Michael Forster (2007). Hermeneutics. In Brian Leiter & Michael Rosen (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy. Oxford University Press
    For the purpose of this article, "hermeneutics" means the theory of interpretation, i.e. the theory of achieving an understanding of texts, utterances, and so on (it does not mean a certain twentieth-century philosophical movement). Hermeneutics in this sense has a long history, reaching back at least as far as ancient Greece. However, new focus was brought to bear on it in the modern period, in the wake of the Reformation with its displacement of responsibility for interpreting the Bible from the (...)
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    Michael N. Forster (2005). Schleiermacher's Hermeneutics. The Harvard Review of Philosophy 13 (1):100-122.
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    Helmut Leder, Juergen Goller, Tanya Rigotti & Michael Forster (2016). Private and Shared Taste in Art and Face Appreciation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10.
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    Michael N. Forster, Herder and Spinoza.
    What was the source of this great flowering? Much of the credit for it has tended to go to Jacobi and Mendelssohn, who in 1785 began a famous public dispute concerning the question whether or not Lessing had been a Spinozist, as Jacobi alleged Lessing had admitted to him shortly before his death in 1781. But Jacobi and Mendelssohn were both negatively disposed towards Spinoza. In On the Doctrine of Spinoza in Letters to Mr.
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    Michael N. Forster (2012). Kant's Philosophy of Language? Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 74 (3):485.
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    Michael N. Forster, Herder's Importance As a Philosopher.
    Herder has been sufficiently neglected in recent times, especially among philosophers, to need a few words of introduction. He lived 1744-1803; he was a favorite student of Kant's, and a student and friend of Hamann's; he became a mentor to the young Goethe, on whose development he exercised a profound influence; and he worked, among other things, as a philosopher, literary critic, Bible scholar, and translator. As I mentioned, Herder has been especially neglected by philosophers. This.
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  15. Michael N. Forster (ed.) (2005). Herder: Philosophical Writings. Cambridge University Press.
    Johann Gottfried von Herder is one of the most important German philosophers of the eighteenth century, who had enormous influence on later thinkers such as Hegel, Schleiermacher and Nietzsche. His wide-ranging ideas were formative in the development of linguistics, hermeneutics, anthropology and bible scholarship, and even today they retain their vitality and relevance to an extraordinary degree. This volume presents a translation of Herder's most important and characteristic philosophical writings in his areas of central interest, including philosophy of language, philosophy (...)
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    Michael N. Forster, Hegelian Vs. Kantian Interpretations of Pyrrhonism: Revolution or Reaction?
    This paper concerns a surprisingly sharp disagreement about the nature of ancient Pyrrhonism which first emerges clearly in Kant and Hegel, but which continues in contemporary interpretations. The paper begins by explaining the character of this disagreement, then attempts to adjudicate it in the light of the ancient texts.
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    Michael Forster, The Liberal Temper in Classical German Philosophy: Freedom of Thought and Expression.
    Consideration of the German philosophy and political history of the past century might well give the impression, and often does give foreign observers the impression, that liberalism, including in particular commitment to the ideal of free thought and expression, is only skin-deep in Germany. Were not Heidegger's disgust at Gerede (which of course really meant the free speech of the Weimar Republic) and Gadamer's defense of "prejudice" and "tradition" more reflective of the true instincts of German philosophy than, say, the (...)
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    Michael N. Forster (2002). Herder's Philosophy of Language, Interpretation, and Translation: Three Fundamental Principles. Review of Metaphysics 56 (2):323 - 356.
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    Michael N. Forster (2003). Gods, Animals, and Artists: Some Problem Cases in Herder's Philosophy of Language. Inquiry 46 (1):65 – 96.
    Herder already very early in his career, in the 1760s, established two vitally important and epoch-making principles in the philosophy of language: that thought is essentially dependent on and bounded by language; and that meanings or concepts should be identified - not with such items as the referents involved, Platonic forms, or empiricist 'ideas' - but with word-usages. What did Herder do for an encore? His Treatise on the Origin of Language from 1772 might seem the natural place to look (...)
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    Michael Forster (2015). Does Western Philosophy Have Non-Western Roots? In Valentin Pluder & Gerald Hartung (eds.), From Hegel to Windelband: Historiography of Philosophy in the 19th Century. De Gruyter 141-158.
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    Michael Forster, Das Geistige Tierreich.
    Der Titel meines Vortrags bezieht sich nicht auf heftige Auseinandersetzungen in der heutigen Hegelrezeption, sondern auf den gleichnamigen Abschnitt der Phänomenologie des Geistes von 1807: “Das geistige Tierreich und der Betrug oder die Sache selbst.” Dieser verhältnismäßig wenig beachtete und womöglich noch weniger verstandene Abschnitt ist meines Erachtens einer der wichtigsten im ganzen Buch. Ich möchte deshalb heute versuchen seine Bedeutung etwas aufzuklären.
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    Michael N. Forster (2011). Herder's Philosophy of Language, Interpretation, and Translation. Review of Metaphysics 56 (2):323-356.
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    Michael N. Forster (2007). Menschen und andere Tiere. Über das Verhältnis von Mensch und Tier bei Tomasello. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 55 (5):761-767.
    Der Beitrag handelt von Michael Tomasellos Theorie des Verhältnisses von Mensch und Tier. Tomasellos Theorie wird als ein Beispiel für eine Reihe von Theorien gedeutet, die das betreffende Verhältnis als durch eine Kluft und Überlegenheit gekennzeichnet auffassen. Der Beitrag kritisiert die empirisch-theoretische Begründung dieser Theorie und verdächtigt sie einer bestimmten ideologischen und zwar tierfeindlichen Funktion.
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    Michael N. Forster (2009). A Wittgensteian Anti-Platonism. The Harvard Review of Philosophy 16 (1):58-85.
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  25. Michael Forster (2006). Socratic Refutation. Rhizai. A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science 1:7-57.
    This article is concerned with the nature of Socratic refutation.Over fifty years agon ow, Richard Robinson argued that Plato‘s Socrates assumes that his refutations show an interlocutor‘s thesis, not merely to contradict other beliefs held by the interlocutor, but to be self-contradictory. At first sight,this interpretation does not seem plausible, and it would indeed be rejected by most scholars today. Nevertheless, I argue that the interpretation contains much truth: Plato‘s Socrates does, if not always, then at least sometimes think of (...)
     
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    Michael Forster, Johann Gottfried Von Herder. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Michael N. Forster (2015). Eine Revolution in der Philosophie der Sprache, der Linguistik, der Hermeneutik Und der Übersetzungstheorie Im Späten 18. Und Frühen 19. Jahrhundert: Deutsche Und Französische Beiträge. [REVIEW] In Adriana Serban & Larisa Cercel (eds.), Friedrich Schleiermacher and the Question of Translation. De Gruyter 23-40.
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    Michael N. Forster (2015). Ein Anfang der Metaphysik: Parmenides Über den Widerspruch Und Das Paradoxon des Nichtseins. In Andreas Speer, Wolfram Hogrebe & Markus Gabriel (eds.), Das Neue Bedürfnis Nach Metaphysik / the New Desire for Metaphysics. De Gruyter 3-28.
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    Michael Forster, Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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    Michael N. Forster (2009). 1. Wittgenstein’s Conception of Grammar. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press 7-20.
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    Michael N. Forster (2009). Appendix. The Philosophical Investigations. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press 189-192.
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    Michael Forster (1995). Manley H. Thompson, Jr. 1917-1994. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 68 (5):104 - 105.
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    Michael N. Forster (2010). Contents. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press
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  34. Michael N. Forster (2009). Abbreviations. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press
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  35. Michael N. Forster (2009). Acknowledgments. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press
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  36. Michael N. Forster (2009). 5. Alternative Grammars? The Case of Formal Logic. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press 107-128.
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  37. Michael N. Forster (2009). 6. Alternative Grammars? The Limits of Language. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press 129-152.
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  38. Michael N. Forster (2009). 7. Alternative Grammars? The Problem of Access. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press 153-188.
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    Michael N. Forster (2010). After Herder: Philosophy of Language in the German Tradition. Oxford University Press.
    In the course of developing these historical points, this book also shows that Herder and his tradition are in many ways superior to dominant trends in more ...
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  40. Michael N. Forster (2010). After Herder: Philosophy of Language in the German Tradition. OUP Oxford.
    Michael Forster explores the historical roots of philosophy of language, which he traces to German thinkers of the 18th century, among whom J. G. Herder is the key figure. Herder established fundamental principles concerning thought, meaning, and language, founded the disciplines of anthropology and linguistics, and has much still to teach us.
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  41. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Eight. Defenses Against Pyrrhonian Skepticism. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press 44-52.
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  42. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Eleven. Failures of Self-Reflection. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press 63-75.
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  43. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Five. Humean Skepticism. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press 21-32.
  44. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Four. Kant’s Pyrrhonian Crisis. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press 16-20.
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  45. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Nine. Some Relatively Easy Problems. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press 55-57.
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  46. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter One. Varieties Of Skepticism. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press 3-5.
  47. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Seven. Defenses Against Humean Skepticism. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press 40-43.
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  48. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Six. Kant’s Reformed Metaphysics. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press 33-39.
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  49. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Ten. A Metaphysics of Morals? In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press 58-62.
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  50. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Three. Skepticism and Metaphysics. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press 13-15.
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