Pope ein Metaphysiker! Von Mendelsohn un Lessing. [Series title:] Beylage zu den Analekten fur die Litteratur.

LESSING, Gotthold Ephraim (1729-1781) - MENDELSSOHN, Moses (1729-1786) -HEINZMANN, Johann Georg (ed.).

Published by Bern: in der Hallerschen Buchandlung, 1787
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Title: Pope ein Metaphysiker! Von Mendelsohn un ...

Publisher: Bern: in der Hallerschen Buchandlung

Publication Date: 1787

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Good


8vo (152 x 95mm). 60pp. Modern wrappers, (margins trimmed close, occasional spots, lightly browned; front wrap loose but present). A satire on the Berlin academy written jointly by Lessing and Moses Mendelssohn criticizing the philosophical system of Alexander Popeís Essay on Man (1733-1734). Lessing, German writer, critic and dramatist, was one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era. His plays and theoretical writings, often witty and ironic, substantially influenced the development of German literature. In 1755, the collaborative work of Lessing and his friend philosopher Moses Mendelssohn anonymously appeared in the form of this provocative treatise Pope, ein Metaphysiker! (Pope as a Metaphysician). The controversial treatise dissected the subject of a contest at the Prussian Royal Academy. The two friends wrote it to confirm that there cannot be a true comparison between a poetic and a philosophic conception. Bookseller Inventory # 6593

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