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Moses Mendelssohn

1729 - 1786

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Moses Mendelssohn (6 September 1729 – 4 January 1786) was a German-Jewish philosopher and theologian. His writings and ideas on Jews and the Jewish religion and identity were a central element in the development of the Haskalah, or 'Jewish Enlightenment' of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Born to a poor Jewish family in Dessau, Principality of Anhalt, and originally destined for a rabbinical career, Mendelssohn educated himself in German thought and literature. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Moses Mendelssohn has received more than 626,199 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia. Moses Mendelssohn is the 209th most popular philosopher (down from 201st in 2019), the 377th most popular biography from Germany (down from 339th in 2019) and the 34th most popular German Philosopher.

Moses Mendelssohn is most famous for his scholarly work on the translation of the Bible into German. He was also an influential philosopher and a leading figure in the Jewish Enlightenment.

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Among philosophers, Moses Mendelssohn ranks 209 out of 1,081Before him are Apollonius of Tyana, Gabriel Marcel, Diogenes of Apollonia, Al-Ash'ari, Rudolf Carnap, and Jean-François Lyotard. After him are Julia Kristeva, Marsilius of Padua, Hasan al-Basri, Proclus, Diotima of Mantinea, and Ibn Tufail.

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Among people born in 1729, Moses Mendelssohn ranks 5Before him are Catherine the Great, Edmund Burke, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, and Louis, Dauphin of France. After him are Lazzaro Spallanzani, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Maria Antonia Ferdinanda of Spain, Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Antonio Soler, Johann Daniel Titius, and Giuseppe Sarti. Among people deceased in 1786, Moses Mendelssohn ranks 3Before him are Frederick the Great and Carl Wilhelm Scheele. After him are Maurice Benyovszky, Peter III of Portugal, Franz Benda, Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier, Antonio Sacchini, Eva Ekeblad, Tokugawa Ieharu, John Goodricke, and Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.

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Among people born in Germany, Moses Mendelssohn ranks 377 out of 6,142Before him are Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781), Carl von Ossietzky (1889), Otto Dix (1891), Otto Lilienthal (1848), Maria Josepha of Saxony, Dauphine of France (1731), and Martin Behaim (1459). After him are Georg von Küchler (1881), Joachim Löw (1960), Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787), Helmuth Weidling (1891), Ulrike Meinhof (1934), and Kurt Georg Kiesinger (1904).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Moses Mendelssohn ranks 34Before him are Max Stirner (1806), Carl Schmitt (1888), Max Scheler (1874), Max Horkheimer (1895), Athanasius Kircher (1602), and Rudolf Carnap (1891). After him are Franz Brentano (1838), Hugh of Saint Victor (1096), Ernst Bloch (1885), Hans Jonas (1903), Bruno Bauer (1809), and Rudolf Bultmann (1884).