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Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786)

Mendelssohn, Moses (men’del-sōn). A Jewish philosopher; born at Dessau, Anhalt, Germany, Sept. 6, 1729; died at Berlin, Jan. 4, 1786. He has been called “the German Socrates.” He wrote on religious, moral, æsthetic, and practical questions, in a semi-philosophical, common-sense way, popularizing the philosophy of Leibnitz and Wolf, and bringing into notice that of Spinoza. He wrote: ‘Phædon’ (1767), a dialogue on the immortality of the soul, which won a European reputation; ‘Jerusalem’ (1783); ‘Morning Hours’ (1785); etc.