Religion, Morality, and Politics 5. The Crisis of Reason 4. The apes seem to invite, however troubling, all sorts of creatures: He would continue to write on Judaism both for Jewish and non-Jewish audiences throughout his career, with his two most influential works appearing in the early 1780s: Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content on this page.
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For me what the ape perhaps makes clear is why it seems that Mendelssohn expressed more doubts about the Enlightenment than about Judaism. Post was not sent - check your email addresses!
A few poetic nuggets about these apes that tap into your insight:. Related Articles about About Related Articles close popup.
Mendelssohn's Defense of Judaism 7. Altmann, Alexander. Share this: Meyer, Michael A.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. The question of religious observance becomes a matter for the individual believer. In Phaedo, his most important philosophical piece, for example, Mendelssohn offers arguments for the existence of God and the immortality of the soul, but in Western philosophical terms rather than Jewish ones. Don't have an account? Faith and Freedom: Mendelssohn found himself caught in the dilemma subsequently experienced by every thinker who has attempted to synthesize Judaism and liberalism.
Not a member? The author, who appreciates the achievement of Mendelssohn, helps set proper limits to reverence for his profundity as a thinker.
Even though revelation does not directly impart philosophical or scientific truths, Mendelssohn believes that the laws of the Torah indirectly point to these eternal verities. Hebrew, the Five Books of Moses. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Late 18th century Berlin was not a friendly place for Jews.