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After Enlightenment: Hamann as Post-Secular Visionary is a comprehensive introduction to the life and works of 18th-century German philosopher, J. G. Hamann, the founding father of what has come to be known as Radical Orthodoxy. Provides a long-overdue, comprehensive introduction to Haman's fascinating life and controversial works, including his role as a friend and critic of Kant and some of the most renowned German intellectuals of the age.

Features substantial new translations of the most important passages from across Hamann's writings, some of which have never been translated into English.

Examines Hamann's highly original views on a range of topics, including faith, reason, revelation, Christianity, biblical exegesis, Socrates, theological aesthetics, language, sexuality, religion, politics, and the relationship between Judaism and Christianity.

Presents Hamann as the 'founding father' of a distinctly post-modern, post-secular theology and, as such, as an alternative to the 'postmodern triumvirate' of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida.

Considers Hamann's work as a touchtone of modern Jewish-Christian dialogue, in view of debates with his friend Moses Mendelssohn.

Explores Hamann's role as the visionary founder of a 'metacritical' movement that radically calls into question the basic principles of modern secular reason, and thus reprises the debate between those defending Hamann's views and those labelling him the bte noir of the Enlightenment.

©2009 John R. Betz (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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  • Jimtheprez
  • 06/09/2020

Incredible piece of work! Difficult but incredible.

This book is one of the best of its type that I’ve ever encountered. Amazing range of knowledge and ability to interpret a (many times) cryptic author. It should probably be considered an academic book but is accessible to an educated lay reader with the patience to carefully work through it...which is well worth the effort. Although I’m in no way a philosopher, I’ve read/studied many philosophers in my lifetime as a means of trying to order my life better. Having listened to (then read) this book I can’t understand how I had never heard of Hamann before now. I’m in awe of the stand he took against the reigning ‘elites’ of his day (including Kant), essentially stared them down...and was the correct voice. Betz’s book is a gift to a culture in great need of this philosopher (actually a philologist) who warned us almost 250 years ago where we would be today...and provided a direction forward.