Author:Johann Gottfried von Herder

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Johann Gottfried von Herder

German philosopher, poet, theologian, and literary critic

Johann Gottfried von Herder


  • To Cyrus, the grandson of Astyages (1762)
  • Essay on Being (1763–64)
  • On Diligence in Several Learned Languages (1764)
  • Treatise on the Ode (1764)
  • How Philosophy can become more Universal and Useful for the Benefit of the People (1765)
  • Fragments on Recent German Literature (1767–68)
  • On Thomas Abbt's writings (1768)
  • Critical Forests, or Reflections on the Science and Art of the Beautiful (1769-)
  • Journal of my Voyage in the Year 1769 (first published 1846)
  • Treatise on the Origin of Language (1772)
  • Selection from correspondence on Ossian and the songs of ancient peoples (1773) See also: James Macpherson (1736–1796).
  • Of German Character and Art (with Goethe, manifesto of the Sturm und Drang) (1773)
  • This Too a Philosophy of History for the Formation of Humanity (1774)
  • Oldest Document of the Human Race (1774–76)
  • Essay on Ulrich von Hutten (1776)
  • On the Resemblance of Medieval English and German Poetry (1777)
  • Sculpture: Some Observations on Shape and Form from Pygmalion's Creative Dream (1778)
  • On the Cognition and Sensation of the Human Soul (1778)
  • On the Effect of Poetic Art on the Ethics of Peoples in Ancient and Modern Times (1778)
  • Folk Songs (1778–79; second ed. of 1807 titled The Voices of Peoples in Songs)
  • On the Influence of the Government on the Sciences and the Sciences on the Government (Dissertation on the Reciprocal Influence of Government and the Sciences) (1780)
  • Letters Concerning the Study of Theology (1780–81)
  • On the Influence of the Beautiful in the Higher Sciences (1781)
  • On the Spirit of Hebrew Poetry. An Instruction for Lovers of the Same and the Oldest History of the Human Spirit (1782–83)
  • God. Some Conversations (1787)
  • Ideas for the Philosophy of History of Humanity (1784–91)
  • Scattered Leaves (1785–97)
  • Letters for the Advancement of Humanity (1791-97 or 1793-97? (various drafts))
  • Christian Writings (1794-8)
  • Terpsichore (1795-6) (translations & commentary of the Latin poet, Jakob Balde)
  • Persepolisian Letters (1798) (fragments on Persian architecture, history & religion)
  • Luther’s Catechism, with a catechetical instruction for the use of schools (1798)
  • Understanding and Experience. A Metacritique of the Critique of Pure Reason. Part I. (Part II, Reason and Language.) (1799)
  • Calligone (1800)
  • Adrastea: Events and Characters of the 18th century (6 vols.)
  • The Cid (1805; a free translation of the Spanish epic El Cid)

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