Lessing: Philosophical and Theological Writings

Lessing: Philosophical and Theological Writings

by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
     
 

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-81), thinker, dramatist and controversialist of many-sided interests, is the most representative figure of the German Enlightenment. His defence of Spinoza, who had traditionally been condemned as an atheist, provoked a major controversy in philosophy, and his publication of H. S. Reimarus' radical assault on Christianity led to… See more details below

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-81), thinker, dramatist and controversialist of many-sided interests, is the most representative figure of the German Enlightenment. His defence of Spinoza, who had traditionally been condemned as an atheist, provoked a major controversy in philosophy, and his publication of H. S. Reimarus' radical assault on Christianity led to fundamental changes in Protestant theology. This volume presents the most comprehensive collection to date in English of Lessing's philosophical and theological writings, several of which are here translated for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521538473
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/21/2005
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
866,606
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1The Christianity of reason (c. 1753)25
2On the reality of things outside God (1763)30
3Spinoza only put Leibniz on the track of [his theory of] pre-established harmony (1763)32
4On the origin of revealed religion (1763 or 1764)35
5Leibniz on eternal punishment (1773)37
6[Editorial commentary on the 'Fragments' of Reimarus, 1777]61
7On the proof of the spirit and of power (1777)83
8The testament of St. John (1777)89
9A rejoinder (1778)95
10A parable (1778)110
11Axioms (1778)120
12New hypothesis on the evangelists as merely human historians (1778)148
13Necessary answer to a very unnecessary question of Herr Hauptpastor Goeze of Hamburg (1778)172
14The religion of Christ (1780)178
15That more than five senses are possible for human beings (c. 1780)180
16Ernst and Falk : dialogues for Freemasons (1778-80)184
17The education of the human race (1777-80)217
18[Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, recollections of conversations with Lessing in July and August 1780 (1785)]241

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