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Herder, Johann Gottfried
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(Aug 25, 1744, Mohrungen – Dec 18, 1803, Weimar), a German literary critic, philosopher and Protestant theologian who exercised significant influence across disciplinary boundaries on literary, philosophical and political thought in Europe with his structural analogy-based approach.

Herder began the study of theology, philosophy and the fine arts at the University of Königsberg in 1762. Here, he heard lectures by I. Kant and began a friendship with J.G. Hamann. After only two years, however, he went to Riga as teacher and preacher. Here, his first…

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Irmscher, Hans Dietrich, “Herder, Johann Gottfried”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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