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Lessing's philosophy of religion and the German enlightenment

Author: Toshimasa Yasukata
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Series: Reflection and theory in the study of religion.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On the basis of intensive study of the entire corpus of Lessing's philosophical and theological writings as well as the extensive secondary literature, the author leads the reader into the systematic core of Lessing's highly elusive religious thought.
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Named Person: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing; Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Toshimasa Yasukata
ISBN: 0195144945 9780195144949
OCLC Number: 507288235
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: INTRODUCTION 3 --
Lessing's Significance for German Intellectual History 3 --
Lessing and Modern Protestant Theology 5 --
Tasks of Lessing Studies 7 --
The Question of Methodology for Lessing Studies 11 --
1 LESSING AND CHRISTIANITY 14 --
Lessing's Formative Period (Bildungsjahre) 14 --
Lessing and the Fragments Controversy (Fragmentenstreit) 18 --
Lessing's Theological Position 20 --
Lessing and the Pursuit of Truth 22 --
Salient Features of Lessing's Theological Thought 25 --
2 THE RELIGIOUS THOUGHT OF THE YOUNG LESSING 29 --
The Young Lessing and His Religious Skepticism 29 --
The Young Lessing and His Theological Critique 31 --
The Ideal of Universal Humanity as Expressed in the Comedy --
The Jews 34 --
Lessing's Speculative Reflections in The Christianity of Reason 36 --
3 THE CONTROVERSY BETWEEN LESSING AND GOEZE 41 --
Beginning and Development of the Controversy 42 --
Goeze's Attack 44 --
Lessing's Defense 47 --
Lessing's Anti-Goeze 51 --
4 LESSING'S "UGLY BROAD DITCH" 56 --
The Proof of the Spirit and of Power 57 --
Truths of History and Truths of Reason 60 --
The "Inner Truth" of Religion 62 --
Genuine Christian Love 64 --
The Authenticity of Lessing's "Ugly Ditch" 67 --
Lessing's Problem and Peter's Problem 69 --
5 NATHAN THE WISE AND LESSING'S "IDEAL OF HUMANITY" 72 --
The Background and Main Theme of Nathan the Wise 73 --
The Parable of the Three Rings 75 --
The Truth Claim of a Historical Religion in the Interim 79 --
Nathan and the Education of Humanity 82 --
The Essence of Nathan's Reason 85 --
6 LESSING'S BASIC THOUGHT IN The Education of the Human Race 89 --
Basic Features of The Education of the Human Race 90 --
Basic Structure of The Education of the Human Race 92 --
Lessing's Historical Position 93 --
Revelation as the Education of the Human Race 96 --
Revelation and Reason: (1) The Old Testament Age 99 --
Revelation and Reason: (2) The New Testament Age 103 --
A "New Eternal Gospel" and the Completion of the Human Race 107 --
The Idea of Reincarnation 110 --
A Dialectical View of Revelation and Reason 112 --
7 LESSING'S "SPINOZISM" 117 --
The Beginning of the Pantheismusstreit 118 --
The Spinoza Conversations between Lessing and Jacobi 120 --
Jacobi and Spinozism 124 --
Mendelssohn and "Refined Pantheism" 127 --
Lessing's Hen kai Pan 130 --
Lessing's Panentheism 134 --
Lessing's View of God and the World 136.
Series Title: Reflection and theory in the study of religion.
Responsibility: Toshimasa Yasukata.

Abstract:

On the basis of intensive study of the entire corpus of Lessing's philosophical and theological writings as well as the extensive secondary literature, the author leads the reader into the systematic core of Lessing's highly elusive religious thought.

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