Verbal Disputes in Mendelssohn’s Morgenstunden

  • Daniel O. Dahlstrom
Part of the Studies in German Idealism book series (SIGI, volume 13)


Throughout Morgenstunden Mendelssohn reveals a tremendous respect for language, both its power and its limitations. When Mendelssohn rejects Helvetius’ cognitivist hypothesis (as we might dub it today) that language is a collection of empty, algebraic signs transposed and combined according to rules, he does so because such a hypothesis supposedly cannot explain the emotional and intuitive power of human language.


Ordinary Usage Limited Consciousness Verbal Dispute Fundamental Term Actual Thing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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