By Shmuel Feiner,Anthony Berris

ISBN-10: 0300161751

ISBN-13: 9780300161755

The “German Socrates,” Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786) used to be the main influential Jewish philosopher of the eighteenth and 19th centuries. A Berlin superstar and an enormous determine within the Enlightenment, respected by means of Immanuel Kant, Mendelssohn suffered the indignities universal to Jews of his time whereas formulating the philosophical foundations of a latest Judaism fitted to a brand new age. His such a lot influential books incorporated the groundbreaking Jerusalem and a translation of the Bible into German that lead the way for generations of Jews to grasp the language of the bigger culture.

Feiner’s e-book is the 1st that gives an entire, human portrait of this interesting man—uncommonly modest, aware of his activity as an highbrow pioneer, wise, routinely Jewish, but completely conversant with the area round him—providing a shiny feel of Mendelssohn’s everyday life in addition to of his philosophical endeavors. Feiner, a number one pupil of Jewish highbrow heritage, examines Mendelssohn as father and husband, as a chum (Mendelssohn’s long-standing friendship with the German dramatist Gotthold Ephraim Lessing used to be noticeable as a version for Jews and non-Jews worldwide), as a tireless suggest for his humans, and as an both indefatigable spokesman for the paramount significance of highbrow independence.

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