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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 (2010). Contents. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press.
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  7. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Eight. Defenses Against Pyrrhonian Skepticism. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 44-52.
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  8. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Eleven. Failures of Self-Reflection. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 63-75.
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  9. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Five. Humean Skepticism. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 21-32.
  10. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Four. Kant’s Pyrrhonian Crisis. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 16-20.
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  11. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Nine. Some Relatively Easy Problems. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 55-57.
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  12. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter One. Varieties Of Skepticism. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 3-5.
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  13. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Seven. Defenses Against Humean Skepticism. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 40-43.
  14. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Six. Kant’s Reformed Metaphysics. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 33-39.
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  15. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Ten. A Metaphysics of Morals? In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 58-62.
  16. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Three. Skepticism and Metaphysics. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 13-15.
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  17. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Twelve. The Pyrrhonist’s Revenge. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 76-92.
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  18. Michael N. Forster (2010). Chapter Two. “Veil of Perception” Skepticism. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 6-12.
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  19. Michael N. Forster (2010). Index. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 149-154.
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  20. Michael N. Forster (2010). Notes. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press. 93-148.
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  21. Michael N. Forster (2010). Preface. In Kant and Skepticism. Princeton University Press.
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  22. Michael N. Forster (2009). Abbreviations. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press.
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  23. Michael N. Forster (2009). Acknowledgments. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press.
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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Michael N. Forster (2009). Appendix. The Philosophical Investigations. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press. 189-192.
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  28. Michael N. Forster (2009). A Wittgensteian Anti-Platonism. The Harvard Review of Philosophy 16 (1):58-85.
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  29. Michael N. Forster (2009). Introduction. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press. 1-4.
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  30. Michael N. Forster (2009). 4. Some Modest Criticisms. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press. 82-104.
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  31. Michael N. Forster (2009). 2. The Sense in Which Grammar Is Arbitrary. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press. 21-65.
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  32. Michael N. Forster (2009). 3. The Sense in Which Grammar Is Non-Arbitrary. In Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press. 66-81.
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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Michael N. Forster (2006). Socrates' Demand for Definitions. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 31:1-47.
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  36. Michael N. Forster (2005). Schleiermacher's Hermeneutics. The Harvard Review of Philosophy 13 (1):100-122.
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  37. Michael N. Forster (2005). Wittgenstein on the Arbitrariness of Grammar. Princeton University Press.
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  38. 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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  39. Michael N. Forster (2002). Herder's Philosophy of Language, Interpretation, and Translation: Three Fundamental Principles. Review of Metaphysics 56 (2):323 - 356.
  40. Johann Gottfried Herder & Michael N. Forster (2002). Johann Gottfried von Herder Philosophical Writings. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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