n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Adoption oder jenseits der toleranz
Zu Gotthold Ephraim Lessings

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



Lessing's play has been considered as one of the works of enlightenment in which the topic of tolerance is foregrounded best. Instead of taking this view as a starting point, the paper shifts the attention from tolerance to adoption, analysing the latter as a cultural practice that enables a broader outlook than just focusing on tolerance, therefore permitting new insights into the relation between self and other during intercultural encounters. Thus the paper discusses the ethical and aesthetical category of wisdom to constitute the theoretical basis of the investigation, thereby demonstrating the discursive conditions which make adoption possible in the first place.

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