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Translating the EnlightenmentScottish Civic Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Germany$
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Fania Oz-Salzberger

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205197

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205197.001.0001

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: God in History

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: God in History

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(p.217) 9 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: God in History
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Translating the Enlightenment
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Fania Oz-salzberger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205197.003.0010

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

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