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The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought$
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Willi Goetschel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823244966

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823244966.001.0001

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“An Experiment of How Coincidence May Produce Unanimity of Thoughts”: Enlightenment Trajectories in Kant and Mendelssohn

“An Experiment of How Coincidence May Produce Unanimity of Thoughts”: Enlightenment Trajectories in Kant and Mendelssohn

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(p.210) Twelve “An Experiment of How Coincidence May Produce Unanimity of Thoughts”: Enlightenment Trajectories in Kant and Mendelssohn
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The Discipline of Philosophy and the Invention of Modern Jewish Thought
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Willi Goetschel

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823244966.003.0012

This chapter examines the connection between the essays of Moses Mendelssohn and Immanuel Kant about Enlightenment. It focuses on Mendelssohn's “On the Question: What Does to Enlighten Mean?” and Kant's “Answering the Question: What Is Enlightenment?” This chapter suggests that Mendelssohn's and Kant's essays map Enlightenment in a programmatic manner, treating it as a project that is intimately linked to their respective larger philosophic projects. It also argues that the dialogue that the two essays configure exemplifies in an illuminating way Kant's notion of the Enlightenment while highlighting the critical importance that Mendelssohn's intervention represents.

Keywords:   Enlightenment, essays, Moses Mendelssohn, Immanuel Kant, coincidence

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