Philosophy, Modernity, and the Emancipation of Man 1670-1752
By (author) Jonathan I. Israel
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Enlightenment Contested by Jonathan I. Israel
Book DescriptionJonathan Israel presents the first major reassessment of the Western Enlightenment for a generation. Continuing the story he began in the best-selling Radical Enlightenment, and now focusing his attention on the first half of the eighteenth century, he returns to the original sources to offer a groundbreaking new perspective on the nature and development of the most important currents in modern thought. Israel traces many of the core principles of Western modernity to their roots in the social, political, and philosophical ferment of this period: the primacy of reason, democracy, racial equality, feminism, religious toleration, sexual emancipation, and freedom of expression. He emphasizes the dual character of the Enlightenment, and the bitter struggle between on the one hand a generally dominant, anti-democratic mainstream, supporting the monarchy, aristocracy, and ecclesiastical authority, and on the other a largely repressed democratic, republican, and 'materialist' radical fringe. He also contends that the supposedly separate French, British, German, Dutch, and Italian enlightenments interacted to such a degree that their study in isolation gives a hopelessly distorted picture. A work of dazzling and highly accessible scholarship, Enlightenment Contested will be the definitive reference point for historians, philosophers, and anyone engaged with this fascinating period of human development.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199279227
(241mm x 162mm x 57mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 12-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jonathan I. Israel
Enlightenment Contested, Paperback (November 2008)
In this magisterial survey of the Enlightenment, Jonathan Israel returns to the primary texts to offer a major new reinterpretation of the nature and development of the important currents in philosophical thinking, arguing that supposed national enlightenments are of less significance than the rift between conservative and radical thought.
Anglo-Dutch Moment, Paperback (October 2003)
This book sets the Glorious Revolution in its full British, European and American context.
Radical Enlightenment, Paperback (July 2002)
"The Radical Enlightenment" was a set of ideas which helped lay the foundations of the modern world on the basis of equality, democracy, secularism, and universality. This study by cultural historian, Jonathan Israel, shows how Spinoza and his thought set the intellectual current towards the political revolutions of the later 18th century.
Dutch Republic, Paperback (June 1998)» View all books by Jonathan I. Israel
The Dutch Golden Age was one of the most spectacularly creative episodes in world history. The age of Grotius, Spinoza, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, it was also remarkable for its immense impact in the spheres of commerce, finance, shipping, and technology. This book provides a comprehensive account of the history of the Dutch republic.
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Author Biography - Jonathan I. Israel
Jonathan Israel is Professor of Modern European History, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.
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