Moses Mendelssohn : sage of modernity / Shmuel Feiner ; translated from the Hebrew by Anthony Berris.
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- Mosheh Mendelson. English
משה מנדלסון. אנגלית
- New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©2010.
- Jewish lives (New Haven, Conn.)
237 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
- Mendelssohn, Moses, 1729-1786.
Philosophers -- Germany -- Berlin -- Biography.
Jews -- Germany -- Berlin -- Biography.
Germany -- Berlin.
- Translated from the Hebrew.
- From the publisher. The "German Socrates," Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) was the most influential Jewish thinker of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. A Berlin celebrity and a major figure in the Enlightenment, revered by Immanuel Kant, Mendelssohn suffered the indignities common to Jews of his time while formulating the philosophical foundations of a modern Judaism suited for a new age. His most influential books included the groundbreaking Jerusalem and a translation of the Bible into German that paved the way for generations of Jews to master the language of the larger culture. Feiner's book is the first that offers a full, human portrait of this fascinating man--uncommonly modest, acutely aware of his task as an intellectual pioneer, shrewd, traditionally Jewish, yet thoroughly conversant with the world around him--providing a vivid sense of Mendelssohn's daily life as well as of his philosophical endeavors. Feiner, a leading scholar of Jewish intellectual history, examines Mendelssohn as father and husband, as a friend (Mendelssohn's long-standing friendship with the German dramatist Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was seen as a model for Jews and non-Jews worldwide), as a tireless advocate for his people, and as an equally indefatigable spokesman for the paramount importance of intellectual independence.
- A stroll down Unter den Linden
From Dessau to Berlin: an unpredicted career
Cultural conversion: the three formative years
War and peace, love and family, fame and frustration
Affront and sickness: the Lavater Affair
Dreams, nightmares, and struggles for religious tolerance
Jerusalem: the road to civic happiness
Specters: the last two years.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
National Jewish Book Awards - Jewish Book of the Year, Winner, 2014 (for Jewish Lives series)
תרגום של: משה מנדלסון.
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