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Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750

Jonathan I. Israel


Arguably the most decisive shift in the history of ideas in modern times was the complete demolition during the late 17th and 18th centuries — in the wake of the Scientific Revolution — of traditional structures of authority, scientific thought, and belief by the new philosophy and the philosophes, culminating in Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau. 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, substituting the modern principles ... More

Keywords: Scientific Revolution, new philosophy, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Radical Enlightenment, La Mettie, Spinoza, Spinozism

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Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198206088
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan I. Israel, author
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

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Part I The Radical Enlightenment

Part II The Rise of Philosophical Radicalism

Part III Europe and the ‘New’ Intellectual Controversies (1680–1720)

Part IV The Intellectual Counter-Offensive

Part V The Clandestine Progress of the Radical Enlightenment (1680–1750)

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