Mendelssohn developed his criticism of enlightenment in ‘On the question: what does enlighten mean’. This essay is his answer to the question of the meaning of enlightenment discussed within the ‘Wednesday society’. In my contribution I first explain the debate within that society and show how the theme of a misuse of enlightenment is treated in it. Then, I successively reconstruct and analyze Mendelssohn’s idea of a misuse and a corruption of culture and enlightenment. Finally, I briefly consider if there are similarities between this 18th century criticism of enlightenment and that of Adorno and Horkheimer.
Translated title of the contributionMoses Mendelssohn's idea of a misuse and a corruption of culture and enlightenment: A criricism of enlighenment from an enlighted point of view
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationAufklärungs-Kritik und Aufklärungs-Mythen
Subtitle of host publicationHorkheimer und Adorno inphilosophiehistorischer Perspektive
EditorsSonja Lavaert, Winfried Schröder
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
Pages179-200
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)978-3-11-055328-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • philosophy of enlightenment

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