Lessings Philosophy of Religion and the German Enlightenment

Hardcover | January 31, 2002

byToshimasa Yasukata

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-81) stands as a key figure in German intellectual history, a bridge joining Luther, Leibniz, and German idealism. Despite his well-recognized importance in the history of thought, Lessing as theologian or philosopher of religion remains an enigmatic figure.Scholars refer to the "riddle" or "mystery" of Lessing, a mystery that has proved intractable because of his reticence on the subject of the final conclusions of his intellectual project. Toshimasa Yasukata seeks to unravel this mystery. Based on intensive study of the entire corpus of Lessing'sphilosophical and theological writings as well as the extensive secondary literature, Yasukata's work takes us into the systematic core of Lessing's thought. From his penetrating and sophisticated analysis of Lessing's developing position on Christianity and reason, there emerges a fresh image ofLessing as a creative modern mind, who is both shaped by and gives shape to the Christian heritage. The first comprehensive study in English of Lessing's theological and philosophical thought, this book will appeal to all those interested in the history of modern theology, as well as specialists in the Enlightenment and the German romantic movement.

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-81) stands as a key figure in German intellectual history, a bridge joining Luther, Leibniz, and German idealism. Despite his well-recognized importance in the history of thought, Lessing as theologian or philosopher of religion remains an enigmatic figure.Scholars refer to the "riddle" or "mystery" of Le...

Born in Japan, Toshimasa Yasukata received a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. He is now Professor of European Intellectual History at Seigakuin University in Saitama, Japan. Among his previous publications is Ernst Troeltsch: Systematic Theologian of Radical Historicality, which appeared in the American Academy of Religion's Academy ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 6.5 × 9.21 × 1.1 inPublished:January 31, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AbbreviationsNote on Texts and TranslationsIntroduction1. Lessing and Christianity2. The Religious Thought of the Young Lessing3. The Controversy between Lessing and Goeze4. Lessing's "Ugly Broad Ditch"5. Nathan the Wise and Lessing's "Ideal of Humanity"6. Lessing's Basic Thought in The Education of the Human Race7. Lessing's "Spinozism"ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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"A masterful entry gate to the thought of Lessing and the issues surrounding this thinker."-- Philosophia Christi