Kant s proclamation of humankind s emergence from self incurred immaturity left his contemporaries with a puzzle What models should we use to sculpt ourselves if we no longer look to divine grace or received authorities Deftly uncovering the roots of this question in Rhineland mysticism, Pietist introspection, and the rise of the bildungsroman, Jennifer A Herdt reveals bildung, or ethical formation, as the key to post Kantian thought This was no simple process of secularization, in which human beings took responsibility for something they had earlier left in the hands of God Rather, theorists of bildung, from Herder through Goethe to Hegel, championed human agency in self determination while working out the social and political implications of our creation in the image of God While bildung was invoked to justify racism and colonialism by stigmatizing those deemed resistant to self cultivation, it also nourished ideals of dialogical encounter and mutual recognition Herdt reveals how the project of forming humanity lives on in our ongoing efforts to grapple with this complicated legacy. Best Read Forming Humanity: Redeeming the German Bildung Tradition by Jennifer A. Herdt For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk
Jennifer A Herdt is Professor of Christian Ethics at Yale University She joined the Yale faculty in 2010, following eleven years on the faculty of theology at the University of Notre Dame She earned her M.A and Ph.D from Princeton University Her primary interests are in the history of moral thought since the 17th century, classical and contemporary virtue ethics, and contemporary Protestant social ethics and political theology She is the author of Putting on Virtue The Legacy of the Splendid Vices Chicago 2008 , Religion and Faction in Hume s Moral Philosophy Cambridge 1997 , and of over 20 articles and book chapters that have appeared in a variety of journals They deal with subjects ranging from humility and the code of the streets, indiscriminate divine love, Locke and martyrdom, and connections between divine compassion and the mystification of power Living in the Philippines for 10 years, Herdt grew up in a tight knit international scientific community, religiously pluralistic Raised Methodist, she and the other children freely batted around questions about religion and the tensions between faiths A desire to ponder and resolve theological matters started there and never left her.
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- Forming Humanity: Redeeming the German Bildung Tradition
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