from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Herder, Johann Gottfried von 1744-1803. German philosopher and writer whose theory of culture and advocacy of intuition over rationality greatly influenced Goethe and formed the basis of German romanticism.


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  • "First of all Han, dude, Nerf Herder is not the preferred nomanclature." cliveyoung

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  • Herder is as good as he can be, and you are his favourite; you will presently have the best literary society, through his means.

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  • And a young fellow that heard him, that was by, he took it up; 'Sir,' said he, 'Herder is my friend – you must fight him – come to my room to-morrow morning at seven o'clock – he will meet you;' – 'very well,' they agree upon the matter togezer.

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  • At least so I believe; and so, I am happy to say, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine people out of every million have always believed, because they have used their human instincts and their common sense, and have obeyed (without knowing it) the warning of a great and good philosopher called Herder, that "The organ is in no case the power which works by it;" which is as much as to say, that the engine is not the engine-driver, nor the spade the gardener.

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  • He easily found it for himself in the place which is called the Herder

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  • Nonetheless, Benjamin's interest in philosophy of history, his recognition of philosophers such as Herder, Hamann, and Humboldt, and his general openness towards the late eighteenth-century mindset, makes it possible for him to transcend the framework of traditional

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  • Particularly important here is the fact that romantic thinkers, such as Herder and Novalis, viewed our ability to feel into nature as a vital corrective against the modern scientific attitude of merely dissecting nature into its elements; instead of grasping its underlying spiritual reality through a process of poetic identification.


  • Jesus would be her "Herder," and lead her beside the still waters; that she might be spared all suffering and sorrow, and have peace.

    Elsket 1891

  • God would be her Shepherd, her "Herder," and lead her beside the still waters, and give her peace.

    Elsket 1891

  • Similarly it must be noted in regard to several pre-Darwinian pictures of the struggle for existence (such as Herder's, who wrote in 1790

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