Radical Enlightenment by Jonathan I. Israel
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Radical Enlightenment
By Jonathan I. Israel

Radical Enlightenment

Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650-1750

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Radical Enlightenment by Jonathan I. Israel

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for British Academy Book Prize 2002.

Book Description

Arguably the most decisive shift in the history of ideas in modern times was the complete demolition during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - in the wake of the Scientific Revolution - of traditional structures of authority, scientific thought, and belief, by the new philosophy and the philosophies, culminating in Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau. In this revolutionary process which effectively overthrew all justification for monarchy, aristocracy, slavery, and ecclesiastical authority, as well as man's asendancy over woman and theology's domination over education and study, substituting the modern principles of equality, democracy, and universality, the Radical Enlightenment played a crucially important part. Despite the present-day interest in the revolutions of the late eighteenth century, the origins and rise of the Radical Enlightenment have been astonishingly little studied, doubtless largely because if its very wide international sweep and the obvious difficulties of fitting it into the restrictive conventions of 'national history' which until recently tended to dominate all historiography. The greatest obstacle to the Radical Enlightenment finding its proper place in modern historical writing is simply that it was not French, British, German, Italian, Jewish or Dutch, but all of these at the same time. In this novel interpretation of the Radical Enlightenment down to La Mettrie and Diderot, two of its key exponents, particular stress is placed on the pivotal role of Spinoza and the widespread underground international philosophical movement known before 1750 as Spinozism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199254569
ISBN-10: 0199254567
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 156mm x 44mm)
Pages: 832
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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 by Jonathan I. Israel Anglo-Dutch Moment, Paperback (October 2003)

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Radical Enlightenment by Jonathan I. Israel Radical Enlightenment, Hardback (February 2001)

A study of the origins and rise of the Radical Enlightenment, an important part of the revolutionary process of change during the 17th and 18th centuries. This book analyzes the enlightenment's role in the demolition of traditional structures of authority, scientific thought and belief.

Dutch Republic by Jonathan I. Israel Dutch Republic, Paperback (June 1998)

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 a professor in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

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