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

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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 atte ...more
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Published 2011 by Oxford University Press
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Ann Talbot
May 24, 2013 Ann Talbot rated it really liked it
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 Encyclopédie française, 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 beca ...more
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May 26, 2012 Leo Schulz marked it as to-read
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 repr ...more
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Mar 29, 2013 John Chaffinch rated it liked it
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.
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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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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.

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