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Mendelssohn, Moses

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Born: 1729 AD
Died: 1786 AD, at 56 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Philosophers

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1729 - Born in Dessau on the 6th of September.

1750 - A wealthy silk-merchant, Isaac Bernhard, appointed him to teach his children. Mendelssohn soon won the confidence of Bernhard, who made the young student successively his book-keeper and his partner.

1755 - Lessing published Mendelssohn's Philosophical Conversations anonymously.

1756-1759 - He became the leading spirit of Friedrich Nicolai's important literary undertakings, the Bibliothek and the Literaturbriefe, and ran some risk by criticizing the poems of the King of Prussia.

1762 - He married Fromet Guggenheim, who survived him by twenty-six years. In the year following his marriage Mendelssohn won the prize offered by the Berlin Academy for an essay on the application of mathematical proofs to metaphysics; among the competitors were Thomas Abbt and Immanuel Kant.

1763 - In October, the king granted Mendelssohn the privilege of Protected Jew which assured his right to undisturbed residence in Berlin.

1781 - He who induced CW Dohm to publish, his work, On the Civil Amelioration of the Condition of the Jews, which played a significant part in the rise of tolerance.

1785 - His Morgenstunden oder Vorlesungen über das Dasein Gottes.

1786 - Died on the 4th of January, as the result of a cold contracted while carrying to his publishers the manuscript of a vindication of his friend Lessing, who had predeceased him by five years.

 

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