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Lessing's Philosophy of Religion and the German Enlightenment

Toshimasa Yasukata


Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729–81) is held in high esteem as one who marks the cutting edge of the German Enlightenment. He was the very first German to achieve a spiritually and intellectually mature state of being, the hallmark of which is independent and responsible use of one's own reason. He also stands as a key figure in German intellectual history, a bridge joining Luther, Leibniz, and German idealism. Yet despite his well‐recognized importance in the history of thought, and despite a substantial body of in‐depth studies, Lessing as theologian or philosopher of religion remains an enigm ... More

Keywords: Christianity, enigma, German Enlightenment, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, intellectual history, Lessing studies, modern mind, philosophy of religion, reason, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195144949
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195144945.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Toshimasa Yasukata, author
Seigakuin University