„Spinozasstreit” – Jakobi's Polemic with Lessing and Mendelssohn. The Clash of Irrational Religiosity with Rationalism and Historical Criticism

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„Spinozasstreit” – Polemika Jakobiego z Lessingiem i Mendelssohnem. Starcie irracjonalnej religijności z racjonalizmem i historycznym krytycyzmem 


This paper reconstructs the history of the so-called “Spinozasstreit.” The Spinozasstreit is a brief period in the intellectual history of German philosophy in the second half of the 18th century. The essence of the Spinozasstreit is a philosophical debate between Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Friedrich Johann Heinrich Jacobi, and Moses Mendelssohn. The point of controversy lies in the different points of views on such issues as the idea of God, God’s existence and nature, and the value of reason and faith in human cognition. The Spinozasstreit is an important debate within the German Enlightenment that expresses the conflict between rationalistic and irrationalistic approaches.

Article history

Received 06 December 2019. Revised 04 January 2020. Accepted 06 January 2020. Published online 07 January 2020




Polish (pl)


Konrad SzocikUniversity of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow


Orbis Idearum Volume 7, Issue 2 (2019), pp. 119-131
Regular Issue