Toshimasa Yasukata’s boek over Lessing en zijn 'Spinozisme' staat online

Zoals het vaak gaat: het serendipisch vinden van iets via iets anders en dan wéér iets anders, hield mij vandaag weer eens af van wat ik me eigenlijk voorgenomen had te doen… Dat blog komt dan later wel.

Elke zondag begin ik met even te kijken of #Spinoza Now iets heeft. Daarin brengt Aviva Dierckx een verzameling oude en nieuwe links naar internet-pagina’s met iets over Spinoza. Daaruit pikte ik de link naar een blog “Jacobi and Spinozism”. Het vergde wat doorzoeken op de betreffende website tot ik doorhad dat sinds 12 juni 2011 ene Robert Kennerson onder de verzameltitel “Spinoza Conversations,” hoofdstuk voor hoofdstuk het boek van Toshimasa Yasukata, waarvan hij alleen de ondertitel nam “Lessing on Christianity and Reason” op internet plaatste.

Het betrof het boek van de Japanner

Toshimasa Yasukata, Lessing's Philosophy Of Religion And The German Enlightenment. Lessing on Christianity and Reason. Oxford University Press, 2002 –

"Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-81) stands as a key figure in German intellectual history, a bridge joining Luther, Leibniz, and German idealism. Despite his well-recognized importance in the history of thought, Lessing as theologian or philosopher of religion remains an enigmatic figure. Scholars refer to the "riddle" or "mystery" of Lessing, a mystery that has proved intractable because of his reticence on the subject of the final conclusions of his intellectual project. Toshimasa Yasukata seeks to unravel this mystery. Based on intensive study of the entire corpus of Lessing's philosophical and theological writings as well as the extensive secondary literature, Yasukata's work takes us into the systematic core of Lessing's thought. From his penetrating and sophisticated analysis of Lessing's developing position on Christianity and reason, there emerges a fresh image of Lessing as a creative modern mind, who is both shaped by and gives shape to the Christian heritage.
The first comprehensive study in English of Lessing's theological and philosophical thought, this book will appeal to all those interested in the history of modern theology, as well as specialists in the Enlightenment and the German romantic movement."


In 2015 werd het als e-book heruitgebracht - voor €92,77 

Maar zie, iemand, de filosoof Virgilio Rivas, heeft het PDF van het boek op internet gezet, waar het al sinds december 2009 ongehinderd staat. Er zijn op zijn site interessante blogs te vinden zoals, “Reading Spinoza’s Ethics” [cf.], “On Power and Monadic Assemblage” [cf.], “Pure Immanence: A Reply to a Poet (darkecologies)” [cf.], maar een blog over Lessing en over de aanleiding om dat boek online te brengen kon ik niets vinden. Maar hoe dan ook: hier is de link naar het PDF van een zeer gedegen en belangwekkend boek.

Louise Crowther schrijft in haar Diderot and Lessing as Exemplars of a Post-Spinozist Mentality. [cf. vorig blog dat ook een resultaat was van de vondsten van vandaag] over dit boek van Toshimasa Yasukata:

In a similar vein, in his book Lessing's Philosophy of Religion and the German Enlightenment (2oo2) Toshima Yasukata argues that Jacobi labels Lessing a Spinozist so as to use him 'as a weapon in his own campaign against the Berlin Enlightenment circle'. Whilst he continues to reason that Lessing's confession of Spinozism is conditional and not unqualified, he concludes that Lessing's world-view ultimately leads to Spinozism.' At the same time, Yasukata also maintains that Lessing's pantheistic view of the world is 'identifiably Christian and theistic'. This [Louise Crowther’s] book will explore in more detail the extent to which Lessing can be seen both to approach and to distance himself from Spinoza, not only in his conversation with Jacobi but also throughout his own writings. It will also demonstrate how he takes ideas from other philosophers, such as Leibniz, in order to come to an understanding of the universe. Furthermore, it will develop the argument, briefly touched on by Yasukata and Schultze, that this conversation is demonstrative of how Lessing sought to reconcile his radical thinking, which in many ways paralleled Spinoza's, with the established belief system. [p. 12-13]