By Moses Mendelssohn
Edited by Daniel O. Dahlstrom
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year:1997
Online Publication Date:June 2012
Subjects: Philosophy Texts
Mendelssohn's Philosophical Writings, published in 1761, bring the metaphysical tradition to bear on the topic of "sentiments" (defined as knowledge or awareness by way of the senses). They include a nuanced defense of Leibniz's theodicy and conception of freedom, and examination of the ethics of suicide, an account of the "mixed sentiments" so central to the tragic genre, an hypothesis about weakness of will, an elaboration of the main principles and types of art, and a brief tract on probability theory, aimed at rebutting Hume's skepticism.