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The term “metacriticism” was coined (as Metakritik) by J.G. Hamann on Jul 7, 1782 in the context of discussing I. Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. On Sep 15, 1784, he sent his Metakritik über den Purismus der Vernunft [Metacriticism of the purism of reason] to J.G. Herder. Drawing on Hamann's text and modifying it, Herder subsequently published the two-part treatise Verstand und Erfahrung. Eine Metakritik zur Kritik der reinen Vernunft [Intellect and experience: a metacriticism of the “critique of pure reason”]. Hamann's own text was only published …

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Bayer, Oswald, “Metacriticism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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