Between Philology and Radical Enlightenment: Hermann Samuel Reimarus (1694-1768)

Between Philology and Radical Enlightenment: Hermann Samuel Reimarus (1694-1768)

by Martin Mulsow
     
 

Hermann Samuel Reimarus (1694-1768) was the most significant biblical critic in eighteenth-century Germany, as well as an eminent Enlightenment philosopher, a renowned classicist and expert on Judaism. How do the different strands of his scholarship fit together? Is there a direct way from critical philology to Radical Enlightenment? This volume portrays the 'whole

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Hermann Samuel Reimarus (1694-1768) was the most significant biblical critic in eighteenth-century Germany, as well as an eminent Enlightenment philosopher, a renowned classicist and expert on Judaism. How do the different strands of his scholarship fit together? Is there a direct way from critical philology to Radical Enlightenment? This volume portrays the 'whole' Reimarus and shows how exegetical expertise, philosophical reflection, and antiquarian interests came together in the formation of an extraordinarily deep ranging critique of the Bible, fragments of which were published by Lessing in the famous 'Fragmentenstreit' of 1774-78. The seven contributions all rely on new manuscript evidence and partly provide editions of hitherto unpublished texts.

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"[...] Eine sehr erfreuliche Neuerscheinung, die dazu angetan ist, die Forschung zu Reimarus zu verstärken, der für das Verständnis der Aufklärung in Deutschland eine Schlüsselfigur ist." Till Kinzel, IFB

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004209466
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/14/2011
Series:
Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, #203
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Martin Mulsow, Ph.D. (1991) in Philosophy, University of Munich, is Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Erfurt and Director of the Gotha Research Center for Early Modern Studies. He has published with Brill The Berlin Refuge 1680-1780 (2003, ed. with S. Pott and L. Danneberg), Secret Conversions to Judaism in Early Modern Europe (2004, ed. with Richard H. Popkin) and Socinianism and Arminianism (2005, ed. with Jan Rohls).

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