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Humboldt, Wilhelm von (1767–1835)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC042-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Along with Schiller and Goethe, Humboldt was one of the chief representatives of Weimar classicism, a movement that aspired to revive German culture along the lines of ancient Greece. Humboldt’s philosophical significance resides mainly in two areas: political theory and the philosophy of language. In political theory he was one of the founders of modern liberalism; and in the philosophy of language, he was among the first to stress the importance of language for thought, and of culture for language.

Citing this article:
Beiser, Frederick. Humboldt, Wilhelm von (1767–1835), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC042-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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