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Nathan the Wise and Lessing's “Ideal of Humanity”

Toshimasa Yasukata

in Lessing's Philosophy of Religion and the German Enlightenment

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195144949
eISBN:
9780199834891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195144945.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Elucidates Lessing's ideal of humanity, the ideal that finds poetic and literary expression in Nathan the Wise. The parable of the three rings, the starting point for the plot that stands at the ... More


Interfaith Love and the Pursuit of Emancipation: Moses Mendelssohn and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Katja Garloff

in Mixed Feelings: Tropes of Love in German Jewish Culture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781501704963
eISBN:
9781501706011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704963.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter reads Lessing's and Mendelssohn's reflections on interfaith love and marriage in the light of their interventions in the debates about Jewish emancipation. In Jerusalem (1783), ... More


Strains and Stresses

Alexander Altmann

in Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197100158
eISBN:
9781789623307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780197100158.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter returns the focus to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. It first discusses the final phase of his friendship with Moses Mendelssohn, as shown through their correspondence regarding his final ... More


the Fate of A Daughter: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Laurence A. Rickels

in Aberrations of Mourning

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816675951
eISBN:
9781452947167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816675951.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter provides an overview of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s works. Upon his father’s death Lessing returned to—Emilia Galotti, which he had conceived as turning on the absence of the father. In ... More


Multiple Revelations

Samuel Fleischacker

in Divine Teaching and the Way of the World: A Defense of Revealed Religion

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199217366
eISBN:
9780191728495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217366.003.0023
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Surely there is but one correct revelation? Although the account of revelation in this book would seem to allow for the possibility that different revelations could be appropriate for different ... More


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