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VIDEIRA, Mario. Filosofia e literatura no iluminismo alemão: a questão da tolerância religiosa no Nathan der Weise, de Lessing. Trans/Form/Ação [online]. 2011, vol.34, n.spe2, pp. 57-74. ISSN 0101-3173. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-31732011000400005.
This article addresses the issue of religious tolerance in the German Enlightenment through the analysis and interpretation of selected excerpts of Lessing’s Nathan der Weise (1779). It aims to point out that the origins of this play are closely related to the theological debate ("Fragmentenstreit") between Lessing and Johann Melchior Goeze (chief pastor of the Church of St. Catharine in Hamburg), therefore making the play possible to be read as a reaction and a response to the criticisms and objections of the latter.
Keywords : Lessing (1729-1781); Nathan; religious tolerance; enlightenment; Fragmentenstreit.