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The Opinion System and the Re-Formation of the Individual (Hobbes, Locke, Mendelssohn, Fichte, and Goethe)

Kirk Wetters

in The Opinion System

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229888
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235766 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823229888.003.0007
The Opinion System and the Re-Formation of the Individual (Hobbes, Locke, Mendelssohn, Fichte, and Goethe)

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This chapter explores the development of a liberal-secular concept of private individual opinion. Focusing on Moss Mendelssohn's revision of Locke, it attempts to exclude the dogmatic conception of belief from the public sphere. The concluding sections return to the crisis of opinion that re-erupts in the French Revolution, thereby substantially covering Mendelssohn's conception.

Keywords: opinion system; individual opinion; Locke; Moss Mendelssohn; French Revolution

Chapter.  23075 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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