Main Philosophical Writings and the Novel Allwill

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Jacobi's polemical tract Concerning the Doctrine of Spinoza in Letters to Herr Moses Mendelssohn propelled him to notoriety in 1785. This work, as well as David Hume on Faith, or Idealism and Realism, Jacobi to Fichte, and the novel Allwill, is included in George di Giovanni's translation. In a comprehensive introductory essay di Giovanni situates Jacobi in the historical and philosophical context of his time, and shows how Jacobi's life and work reflect the tensions inherent in...

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Jacobi's polemical tract Concerning the Doctrine of Spinoza in Letters to Herr Moses Mendelssohn propelled him to notoriety in 1785. This work, as well as David Hume on Faith, or Idealism and Realism, Jacobi to Fichte, and the novel Allwill, is included in George di Giovanni's translation. In a comprehensive introductory essay di Giovanni situates Jacobi in the historical and philosophical context of his time, and shows how Jacobi's life and work reflect the tensions inherent in the late Enlightenment.

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An extensive English translation of German Enlightenment philosopher Jacobi's 1743-1819 major literary and philosophical classics. Jacobi's polemical tract Concerning the Doctrine of Spinoza in Letters to Herr Moses Mendelssohn propelled him to notoriety in 1785. This work, as well as David Hume on Faith, or Idealism and Realism, Jacobi to Fichte, and the novel Allwill, is included. In a comprehensive introductory essay, di Giovanni situates Jacobi in the historical and philosophical context of his time, and shows how Jacobi's life and work reflect the tensions inherent in the late Enlightenment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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George di Giovanni is professor of philosophy, McGill University.

George di Giovanni is professor of philosophy, McGill University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Unfinished Philosophy of Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi
Jacob and His Spiritual Landscape: An Essay in Synthesis 3
Philosophical Arguments: An Essay in Analysis 67
Literary Witnesses: An Essay in Interpretation 117
The Last Word: Jacobi on Jacobi 152
Notes on the Texts 169
Concerning the Doctrine of Spinoza in Letters to Herr Moses Mendelssohn 1785 173
David Hume on Faith, or Idealism and Realism, A Dialogue 1787 253
Concerning the Doctrine of Spinoza in Letters to Moses Mendelssohn 1789, excerpts 339
Edward Allwill's Collection of Letters 1792 379
Jacobi to Fichte 1799 497
David Hume on Faith, or Idealism and Realism, A Dialogue: Preface and also Introduction to the Author's Collected Philosophical Works 1815 537
Notes to Jacobi's Texts 591
Notes to Jacobi's Footnotes 635
Bibliography 649
Index of Names 675
Index of Subjects 679
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