In the wake of the Scientific Revolution, the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw the complete demolition of traditional structures of authority, scientific thought, and belief by the new philosophy and the philosophes, including Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau. The Radical Enlightenment played a part in this revolutionary process, which effectively overthrew all justification for monarchy, aristocracy, and ecclesiastical power, as well as man's dominance over woman, theological dominance of education, and slavery. Despite the present day interest in the revolutions of the eighteenth century, the origins and rise of the Radical Enlightenment have received limited scholarly attention. The greatest obstacle to the movement finding its proper place in modern historical writing is its international scope: the Racial Enlightenment was not French, British, German, Italian, Jewish or Dutch, but all of these at the same time.
In this wide-ranging volume, Jonathan Israel offers a novel interpretation of the Radical Enlightenment down to La Mettie and Diderot, two of its key exponents. Particular emphasis is placed on the pivotal role of Spinoza and the widespread underground international philosophical movement known before 1750 as Spinozism.
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Jonathan Israel is a professor in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
"His vast--and vastly impressive--book sets out to redefine the intellectual landscape of early modern Europe....Magnificent and magisterial, Radical Enlightenment will undoubtedly be one of the truly great historical works of the decade."--John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph
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Book Description Book Condition: New. Oxford University Press, 2001. 832p. Hardback. Massive and brilliant book . Israel displays a profound, and contagious, sympathy for the intellectual movement he describes . Israel has given us a vast panorama of the unfolding of Enlightenment thought during the crucial century between 1650 and 1750 . The book is a real tour de force . magisterial. History Workshop Journal 06/02/2003 (Publisher's information). Condition: New Print on Demand. Printed on Demand. Bookseller Inventory # 37640
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