Moses Mendelssohn: Philosophical Writings / Edition 1

Moses Mendelssohn: Philosophical Writings / Edition 1

by Moses Mendelssohn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521574773

ISBN-13: 9780521574778

Pub. Date: 06/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Mendelssohn's Philosophical Writings, published in 1761, bring the metaphysical tradition to bear on the topic of "sentiments" (defined as knowledge or awareness by way of the senses). They include a nuanced defense of Leibniz's theodicy and conception of freedom, and examination of the ethics of suicide, an account of the "mixed sentiments" so central to the

Overview

Mendelssohn's Philosophical Writings, published in 1761, bring the metaphysical tradition to bear on the topic of "sentiments" (defined as knowledge or awareness by way of the senses). They include a nuanced defense of Leibniz's theodicy and conception of freedom, and examination of the ethics of suicide, an account of the "mixed sentiments" so central to the tragic genre, an hypothesis about weakness of will, an elaboration of the main principles and types of art, and a brief tract on probability theory, aimed at rebutting Hume's skepticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521574778
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: On sentiments; Dialogues; Part II: Rhapsody or additions to the letters on sentiments; On the main principles of the fine arts and sciences; On the sublime and naive in the fine sciences; On probability; On evidence in metaphysical sciences; On the ability to know, the ability to feel, and the ability to desire; On the question: what does 'to enlighten' mean?

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