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Morning Hours

Lectures on God's Existence

  • Moses Mendelssohn
  • Daniel O. Dahlstrom
  • Corey Dyck

Part of the Studies in German Idealism book series (SIGI, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Preliminary Knowledge of Truth, Semblance, and Error

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Moses Mendelssohn, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Corey Dyck
      Pages 3-7
    3. Moses Mendelssohn, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Corey Dyck
      Pages 9-15
    4. Moses Mendelssohn, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Corey Dyck
      Pages 17-21
    5. Moses Mendelssohn, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Corey Dyck
      Pages 23-28
    6. Moses Mendelssohn, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Corey Dyck
      Pages 29-33
    7. Moses Mendelssohn, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Corey Dyck
      Pages 35-40
    8. Moses Mendelssohn, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Corey Dyck
      Pages 41-46
  3. Scientific Doctrinal Concepts of God’s Existence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Moses Mendelssohn, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Corey Dyck
      Pages 49-54
    3. Moses Mendelssohn, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Corey Dyck
      Pages 75-81
    4. Moses Mendelssohn, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Corey Dyck
      Pages 91-99
    5. Moses Mendelssohn, Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Corey Dyck
      Pages 109-115
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 117-142

About this book

Introduction

Morning Hours is the only available English translation of Morgenstunden by Moses Mendelssohn, the foremost Jewish thinker of the German Enlightenment.  Published six months before Mendelssohn's death on January 4, 1786, Morning Hours is the most sustained presentation of his mature epistemological and metaphysical views, all elaborated in the service of presenting his son with proofs for the existence of God.  But Morning Hours is much more than a theoretical treatise.  It also plays a central role in the drama of the Pantheismusstreit, Mendelssohn's "dispute" with F. H. Jacobi over the nature and scope of Lessing's attitude toward Spinoza and "pantheism".  In Morning Hours Mendelssohn attempts to set the record straight regarding his beloved Lessing in this connection, not least by demonstrating the absence of any practical difference between theism and a "purified pantheism".

Keywords

idealism proofs of God's existence reason refined pantheism skepticism

Authors and affiliations

  • Moses Mendelssohn
    • 1
  1. 1.BerlinGermany

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel O. Dahlstrom
    • Corey Dyck
      • 1
    1. 1.Dept. PhilosophyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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