Spinoza's Modernity: Mendelssohn, Lessing, and Heine by Willi Goetschel

Spinoza's Modernity: Mendelssohn, Lessing, and Heine

byWilli Goetschel

Paperback | October 7, 2004

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 195 plum® points

Ships within 3-5 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


"Spinoza's Modernity "is a major, original work of intellectual history that reassesses the philosophical project of Baruch Spinoza, uncovers his influence on later thinkers, and demonstrates how that crucial influence on Moses Mendelssohn, G. E. Lessing, and Heinrich Heine shaped the development of modern critical thought. Excommunicated by his Jewish community, Spinoza was a controversial figure in his lifetime and for centuries afterward. Willi Goetschel shows how Spinoza's philosophy was a direct challenge to the theological and metaphysical assumptions of modern European thought. He locates the driving force of this challenge in Spinoza's Jewishness, which is deeply inscribed in his philosophy and defines the radical nature of his modernity.

About The Author

Willi Goetschel is professor of German and philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Constituting Critique: Kant’s Writing as Critical.

Details & Specs

Title:Spinoza's Modernity: Mendelssohn, Lessing, and HeineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:October 7, 2004Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299190846

ISBN - 13:9780299190842

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Spinoza's Modernity: Mendelssohn, Lessing, and Heine


Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

"An extraordinary work with immense erudition and scholarship behind it. This has the potential to be a discipline-altering book."—Warren Montag, author of Bodies, Masses, Power: Spinoza and His Contemporaries