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Faith and Freedom – Moses Mendelssohn's Theological-Political Thought - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn's Theological-Political Thought

Michah Gottlieb


Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786) is often considered the founder of modern Jewish philosophy or even of modern Judaism. For many, Mendelssohn's commitment to enlightened values appeared to be irreconcilable with his life-long adherence to Judaism. This book approaches this problem by placing Mendelssohn's moderate enlightenment in three contexts: Maimonides' medieval enlightenment, Spinoza's radical enlightenment, and F.H. Jacobi's Christian counter-Enlightenment. This books argues that Mendelssohn breaks from Maimonides because he faces problems never encountered by Maimonides—namely how to rema ... More

Keywords: Moses Mendelssohn, Spinoza, Maimonides, Pantheism Controversy, Lessing, Jacobi, German Enlightenment

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195398946
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398946.001.0001


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Michah Gottlieb, author
New York University
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