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  1. 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 (with two notable (...)
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  2. Michael N. Forster (2012). Kant's Philosophy of Language? Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 74 (3):485.
  3. 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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  4. Michael N. Forster (2011). Herder's Philosophy of Language, Interpretation, and Translation. Review of Metaphysics 56 (2):323-356.
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  5. 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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  6. Michael N. Forster (2009). A Wittgensteian Anti-Platonism. The Harvard Review of Philosophy 16 (1):58-85.
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  7. 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.
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  8. Michael N. Forster (2006). Socrates' Demand for Definitions. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 31:1-47.
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  9. Michael N. Forster (2005). Schleiermacher's Hermeneutics. The Harvard Review of Philosophy 13 (1):100-122.
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  10. Michael N. Forster (2005). Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press.
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  11. 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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  12. Michael N. Forster (2002). Herder's Philosophy of Language, Interpretation, and Translation: Three Fundamental Principles. Review of Metaphysics 56 (2):323 - 356.
  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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