Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: God in History

Fania Oz-salzberger

in Translating the Enlightenment

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780198205197
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676543 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: God in History

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This chapter examines the influence of Adam Ferguson's work on the religious philosophy of German philosopher Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. It aims to determine which of Ferguson's books influenced Lessing. Some critics have suggested that it was Institutes of Moral Philosophy while others believed it was Essay on the History of Civil Society. This chapter also analyses the significance of the Fergusonian fingerprints which arguably appear in Lessing's Die Erziehung des Menschengeschlechts.

Keywords: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing; Adam Ferguson; religious philosophy; Institutes of Moral Philosophy; Die Erziehung des Menschengeschlechts

Chapter.  5199 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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