Moses Mendelssohn

Moses Mendelssohn (mĕn´dəlsən, Ger. mō´zĕs mĕn´dəls-zōn´), 1729–86, German-Jewish philosopher; grandfather of Felix Mendelssohn. He was a leader in the movement for cultural assimilation. In 1743 he went to Berlin, where he studied and worked, becoming (1750) a partner in a silk merchant's firm. In 1754 he met Lessing, and a life-long friendship began, out of which grew Lessing's play Nathan the Wise (1779). Mendelssohn's philosophy anticipated the aesthetics of Kant and Friedrich Schiller. His writings include Philosophische Gespräche (1755), Philosophische Schriften (1761), Phädon (1767), and Jerusalem; oder, Über religiöse Macht und Judentum (1783). He also translated the Psalms and the Pentateuch into German.

See biography by A. Altman (1973).

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Moses Mendelssohn: Selected full-text books and articles

Moses Mendelssohn and the Enlightenment By Allan Arkush State University of New York Press, 1994
The German-Jewish Dialogue: An Anthology of Literary Texts, 1749-1993 By Ritchie Robertson Oxford University, 1999
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Moses Mendelssohn, Germany's First Migrant 1 By Peterson, Brent O German Quarterly, Vol. 90, No. 2, Spring 2017
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Mendelssohn's Religious Perspective of Non-Jews By Kaplan, Zvi Jonathan Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Vol. 41, No. 3-4, Summer-Fall 2004
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Oaths, Promises, and Compulsory Duties: Kant's Response to Mendelssohn's Jerusalem By McQuillan, J. Colin Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol. 75, No. 4, October 2014
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Our Neighbors Observe and We Explain: Moses Mendelssohn's Critical Encounter with Edmund Burke's Aesthetics By Furniss, Tom Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Vol. 50, No. 4, January 1, 2009
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The Jewish Enlightenment By Shmuel Feiner; Chaya Naor University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004
Fifty Key Jewish Thinkers By Dan Cohn-Sherbok Routledge, 1997
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