This essay aims to offer a new interpretation of Lessing's thought, and particularly to reassess his status as a philosopher. In order to do so, it discusses Pierre Hadot's interpretation of ancient philosophy as a mode of life rather than a system of knowledge, and applies it to Lessing. As a result, Lessing's predilection for Socrates, his insistence on research and his willingness to support dialogue at any level, turn out to be crucial aspects of his debt to ancient culture.

'Gymnastik des Geistes': Lessing und die Aufklärung als Lebensform

Laura Anna Macor
2021

Abstract

This essay aims to offer a new interpretation of Lessing's thought, and particularly to reassess his status as a philosopher. In order to do so, it discusses Pierre Hadot's interpretation of ancient philosophy as a mode of life rather than a system of knowledge, and applies it to Lessing. As a result, Lessing's predilection for Socrates, his insistence on research and his willingness to support dialogue at any level, turn out to be crucial aspects of his debt to ancient culture.
978-1-781888-66-7
Lessing, Enlightenment, philosophy as a way of life, Hadot
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