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Moses Mendelssohn: A Biographical Study

Alexander Altmann


This acclaimed, wide-ranging biography of Moses Mendelssohn (1729–96) was first published in 1973, but its stature as the definitive biography remains unquestioned. Moses Mendelssohn came to be recognized as the inaugurator of a new phase in Jewish history. His life was a kaleidoscope of the European intellectual scene, Jewish and non-Jewish. As both a prominent philosopher and a believing Jew, Mendelssohn became a spokesman for the Jews and Judaism. What was Mendelssohn's Judaism like? To what extent did the disparate worlds of Judaism and modern Enlightenment jostle each other in his mind an ... More

Keywords: Moses Mendelssohn, biography, Jewish history, European intellectual scene, Jews, Judaism, Jewish life, Jewish identity, Jewish assimilation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1984 Print ISBN-13: 9780197100158
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780197100158.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Altmann, author