Maimon, Solomon

(c. 1753–1800)
   Polish-German philosopher. Born in a small village in Polish Lithuania, Maimon was considered a master of the Talmud as a child. He was married when he was eleven years old and his first child was born when he was fourteen. But he left his wife and home to seek a secular education in Germany where, he said, he ‘happily emancipated himself from the fetters of superstition and religious prejudice’. Maimon’s work on Kantian philosophy, written in 1790, was praised by Kant himself. After that his articles were accepted by the leading journals. He became co-editor of one of them, but continued to live in poverty and died of tuberculosis. Considered a heretic, he was refused burial in the Jewish cemetery.
   As well as a philosophical lexicon and three works on the history of philosophy written in German, Maimon wrote a number of works in Hebrew. His only widely-read book is his autobiography, first published in Berlin in 1793 (and in English in 1947). It is a lively work, somewhat in the manner of Rousseau’s Confessions.

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