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The Radical Enlightenment of Solomon Maimon
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The Radical Enlightenment of Solomon Maimon: Judaism, Heresy, and Philosophy

Abraham P. Socher

Abstract

With extraordinary chutzpa and deep philosophical seriousness, Solomon ben Joshua of Lithuania renamed himself after his medieval intellectual hero, Moses Maimonides. Solomon Maimon was perhaps the most brilliant and certainly the most controversial figure of the late eighteenth-century Jewish Enlightenment. He scandalized rabbinic authorities, embarrassed Moses Mendelssohn, provoked Immanuel Kant, charmed Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and inspired Johann Gottlieb Fichte, among others. This study of Maimon integrates his idiosyncratic philosophical idealism with his popular autobiography, and wi ... More

Keywords: Solomon Maimon, Lithuania, Moses Maimonides, Jewish Enlightenment, rabbinic authorities, Moses Mendelssohn, Immanuel Kant, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, European Jew

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780804751360
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804751360.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abraham P. Socher, author