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Title The autobiography of Solomon Maimon : the complete translation / edited by Yitzhak Y. Melamed & Abraham P. Socher ; translated by Paul Reitter ; with an afterword by Gideon Freudenthal.
Author Maimon, Salomon, 1754-1800, author.
Publication Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018]
Description xxxv, 291 pages ; 25 cm
Summary Solomon Maimon's autobiography--the first complete and annotated English edition of this enduring and lively work. Born into a down-on-its-luck provincial Jewish family in 1753, Maimon quickly distinguished himself as a prodigy in learning. Even as a young child, he chafed at the constraints of his Talmudic education and rabbinical training. He recounts how he sought stimulation in the Hasidic community and among students of the Kabbalah--and offers rare and often wickedly funny accounts of both. After a series of picaresque misadventures, Maimon reached Berlin, where he became part of the city's famed Jewish Enlightenment and achieved the philosophical education he so desperately wanted, winning acclaim for being the "sharpest" of Kant's critics, as Kant himself described him. This new edition restores text cut from the abridged 1888 translation by J. Clark Murray, long the only available English edition. Paul Reitter's translation, ...[is] sensitive to the subtleties of Maimon's prose while providing a fluid rendering.... An introduction and notes by Yitzhak Melamed and Abraham Socher give invaluable insights into Maimon and his extraordinary life. An afterword by Gideon Freudenthal that provides an authoritative overview of Maimon's contribution to modern philosophy.-- Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Maimon, Salomon, 1754-1800.
Jewish philosophers -- Germany -- Biography.
Judaism -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 18th century.
Genre Autobiographies.
Addl. Author Melamed, Yitzhak Y., 1968- editor.
Socher, Abraham P., editor.
Reitter, Paul, translator.
Freudenthal, Gideon, writer of afterword.
Addl. Title Lebensgeschichte. English
ISBN 0691163855

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