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Postre: Philosophy: on Herder; a Response to Vincent Littrell (Alain de Benoist, France) (John Eipper, USA, 11/10/08 2:23 am)
Alain de Benoist writes:
I welcome Vincent Littrell's comments (8 November) about my post of 29 July. One of the main differences between Vincent and me is of course that he believes in a Divine Law, while I think there is none. About Herder, it's also obvious that many different interpretations of his thought have been proposed, some of them being quite anachronistic (it is always dangerous to look at the works of the past with the glasses of today!). Generally speaking, I think it is better to read the original works instead of (or before) the comments. For Herder, the difference human cultures were different expressions of the different "thoughts of God."
In what I wrote about race, I didn't say that "one's ultimate humanity is based off of physicality or biology," because I think the contrary. I am opposed to any scientist reductionism, including biological reductionism. I believe that human specificity is to be found in cultures (plural) and social-historical meanings. But this specific human level does not obliterate our biological components. As the Nobel Laureate Konrad Lorenz once told me when I visited him in Vienna: "If you say that man is an animal you are right; if you say he is only an animal you are wrong."
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