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Lessing: Philosophical and Theological Writings

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  • Date Published: May 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511108808

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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. They are edited and translated by H. B. Nisbet, who also provides an introduction that sets them in their historical and philosophical contexts.

    • Most comprehensive collection of Lessing's philosophical and theological works ever published in English
    • Contains major hitherto untranslated texts
    • Documents and analyses major developments in German philosophy and theology
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    • Date Published: May 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511108808
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    The Christianity of Reason
    On the Reality of Things outside God
    Spinoza only put Leibniz on the Track of [his Theory of] Pre-established Harmony
    On the Origin of Revealed Religion
    Leibniz on Eternal Punishment
    [Editorial Commentary on the 'Fragments' of Reimarus]
    On the Proof of the Spirit and of Power
    The Testament of St John
    A Rejoinder
    A Parable
    Axioms
    New Hypothesis on the Evangelists as Merely Human Historians
    Necessary Answer to a Very Unnecessary Question of Herr Hauptpastor Goeze in Hamburg
    The Religion of Christ
    That More than Five Senses are Possible for Human Beings
    Ernst and Falk: Dialogues for Freemasons
    The Education of the Human Race
    [Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, Recollections of Conversations with Lessing in July and August].

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    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

    Editor and Translator

    H. B. Nisbet, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
    H. B. Nisbet has translated works by Kant and Hegel and is co-editor of the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism.

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