Jonathan 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 ThoughtIsrael 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 PictureA 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
Jonathan Irvine Israel is a British writer on Dutch history, the Age of Enlightenment and European Jews Israel was appointed as Andrew W Mellon Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, in January 2001 He was previously Professor of Dutch History and Institutions at the University of London.In recent years, Israel has focused his attention on a multi volume history of the Age of Enlightenment He contrasts two camps The radical Enlightenment founded on a rationalist materialism first articulated by Spinoza Standing in opposition was a moderate Enlightenment which he sees as profoundly weakened by its belief in God In Israel s highly controversial interpretation, the radical Enlightenment is the main source of the modern idea of freedom He contends that the moderate Enlightenment, including Locke, Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Rousseau, made no real contribution to the campaign against superstition and ignorance.
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- Enlightenment Contested: Philosophy, Modernity, and the Emancipation of Man 1670-1752
- Jonathan I. Israel
- 07 September 2018 Jonathan I. Israel