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Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights, 1750-1790 (Paperback)

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Jonathan Israel is Professor of Modern History at the Institute for Advance Study, Princeton. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and corresponding fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. His previous books includeThe Dutch Republic: Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall 1477-1806; RadicalEnlightenment; and Enlightenment Contested.
That the Enlightenment shaped modernity is uncontested. Yet remarkably few historians or philosophers have attempted to trace the process of ideas from the political and social turmoil of the late eighteenth century to the present day. This is precisely what Jonathan Israel now does.

In Democratic Enlightenment, Israel demonstrates that the Enlightenment was an essentially revolutionary process, driven by philosophical debate. The American Revolution and its concerns certainly acted as a major factor in the intellectual ferment that shaped the wider upheaval that followed, but the radical philosophes were no less critical than enthusiastic about the American model. From 1789, the General Revolution's impetus came from a small group of philosophe-revolutionnaires, men such as Mirabeau, Sieyes, Condorcet, Volney, Roederer, and Brissot. Not aligned to any of the social groups represented in the French National assembly, they nonetheless forged "la philosophie moderne"-in effect Radical Enlightenment ideas-into a world-transforming ideology that had a lasting impact in Latin America, Canada and Eastern Europe as well as France, Italy, Germany, and the Low Countries. In addition, Israel argues that while all French revolutionary journals powerfully affirmed that la philosophie moderne was the main cause of the French Revolution, the main stream of historical thought has failed to grasp what this implies. Israel sets the record straight, demonstrating the true nature of the engine that drove the Revolution, and the intimate links between the radical wing of the Enlightenment and the anti-Robespierriste "Revolution of reason."

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ISBN 9780199668090
Genre PHILOSOPHY / Political
Format Paperback
Pages 1066
Publisher Date 2013-02-07 00:00:00.0
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Copyright Year 2013
Thickness 2.25 in
Unit weight 3.55 lb
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.25 in
Language English
Subtitle Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights, 1750-1790
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience College/higher education
Authors Israel, Jonathan
Country of Origin United States

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