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Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights 1750-1790 By Jonathan I. Israel,

  • Title: Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights 1750-1790
  • Author: Jonathan I. Israel
  • ISBN: 9780199548200
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Enlightenment shaped modernity Western values of representative democracy and basic human rights, gender and racial equality, individual liberty, and freedom of expression and the press, form an interlocking system that derives directly from the Enlightenment s philosophical revolution This fact is uncontested yet remarkably few historians or philosophers have atteThe Enlightenment shaped modernity Western values of representative democracy and basic human rights, gender and racial equality, individual liberty, and freedom of expression and the press, form an interlocking system that derives directly from the Enlightenment s philosophical revolution This fact 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 He demonstrates that the Enlightenment was an essentially revolutionary process, driven by philosophical debate From 1789, its 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 who took the lead in the French National assembly, the Paris commune, or the editing of the Parisian revolutionary journals, they nonetheless forged la philosophie moderne in effect Radical Enlightenment ideas into a world transforming ideology that had a lasting impact in Latin America and eastern Europe as well as France, Italy, Germany, and the Low Countries Whilst all French revolutionary journals clearly stated 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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    1. Scattered in the crypt of the church of Saint Roch in Paris lie the remains of the Baron d Holbach and Denis Diderot one the patron of the Encyclop die fran aise, the other its indefatigable editor It was the book which defined a century and would shape progressive thought for generations to come Despite their importance, the remains of neither man were transferred to the Pantheon during the Revolution They lacked the celebrity of Voltaire and the popular appeal of Rousseau and, largely because [...]

    2. Democratic Enlightenment Democratic Enlightenment Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights, 1750 1790 is the final volume of a massive trilogy of intellectual history discussing the nature and impact of the Enlightenment The author, Jonathan Israel, finds that the Enlightenment began in approximately 1680 and concluded by about 1800, after which it was followed by a lengthy period of reaction The two earlier volumes in the trilogy are Radical Enlightenment which deals primarily with Spinoza as t [...]

    3. This is the third of a trilogy on the philosophy of the Enlightenment I am interested to read it, though there seems something oddly reactionary about a defense of universal liberty through an assertion of the validity of absolute principles, presumably based on absolute truth It as though, while Professor Israel has been writing his monumental work of freedom, he has failed to notice that the post colonial settlement was in many cases a cure worse than the disease, that people he sees as repres [...]

    4. Encyclopedic, and far reaching in every sense But insufficiently critical of the idea that revolution implies a clean slate , and frequently unfair to those who are thrust for the sake of polemic into the reactionary camp The enshrinement of Spinoza is at the cost of much injustice to Locke, Voltaire, Hume, and Smith.

    5. pretty much anything b by Jonathan Israel is worth reading This book is very interesting if you are interested in the enlightenment era and Democracy

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