Moses Mendelssohn: Philosophical Writings / Edition 1

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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 defence 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 scepticism.
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"The writings in this collection are interesting both in terms of Mendelssohn's own philosophical and literary powers and in terms of his relationship to other important philosophical and cultural figures, particularly Leibniz, Shaftsbury, Lessing, and Kant." M.A. Bertman, Choice

"...this is a volume that a student of German philosophy and the Enlightenment will find useful." SYlvana Tomaselli, Dialogue

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521574778
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chronology
Further reading
Note on texts and translation
Philosophical writings 1
Preface 3
On sentiments 7
Dialogues 96
Rhapsody or additions to the Letters on sentiments 131
On the main principles of the fine arts and sciences 169
On the sublime and naive in the fine sciences 192
On probability 233
On evidence in metaphysical sciences 251
On the ability to know, the ability to feel, and the ability to desire 307
On the question: what does "to enlighten" mean? 311
Index 318
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