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Moses MENDELSSOHN Phédon, ou Entretiens sur la spiritualité et l'immortalité de l'ame


Phédon, ou Entretiens sur la spiritualité et l'immortalité de l'ame

Chez Saillant et Lepelley, Paris & Bayeux 1772, in-8 (12x20cm), (2) xxiv ; 342 (2), relié.

First edition of the French translation by Junker, decorated with a nice frontispiece engraved by Monet Menil. Full mottled calf blond at the time. Smooth back adorned with a piece of red morocco, as well as boxes and gilded finials. Gilt fillet on turns. All marbled. Head cover threadbare, a blunt corner and some scuffs. Main philosophical work of Mendelssohn, in which he follows "the same form & the same order as that of Plato (where it depicts the last moments of the life of Socrates), but [he] tried to accommodate its worth metaphysical taste of [his] century "(Preface) by putting into the mouth of Socrates arguments of Leibniz and Descartes. The adaptation of Mendelssohn is best known for having been a criticism by Kant in the second edition of his Critique of Pure Reason. The book was the subject of numerous editions in Germany and was a popular success, contributing to the emancipation of Jewish thought. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information!


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