Jonathan I. Israel


Born
in The United Kingdom
January 26, 1946

Genre


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
...more

Average rating: 4.07 · 1,176 ratings · 123 reviews · 40 distinct worksSimilar authors
Radical Enlightenment: Phil...

4.17 avg rating — 282 ratings — published 2001 — 15 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Dutch Republic: Its Ris...

4.24 avg rating — 241 ratings — published 1995 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
A Revolution of the Mind: R...

3.76 avg rating — 236 ratings — published 2009 — 13 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Enlightenment Contested: Ph...

4.30 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 2006 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Revolutionary Ideas: An Int...

4.03 avg rating — 76 ratings — published 2014 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Democratic Enlightenment: P...

4.24 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
European Jewry In The Age O...

4.11 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1985 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Dutch Primacy in World Trad...

4.06 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 1989 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Expanding Blaze: How th...

3.93 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 2017 — 7 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Anglo-Dutch Moment: Ess...

4.10 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1991 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Jonathan I. Israel…

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“In a passage penned for the Abbé Raynal’s Histoire philosophique des deux Indes, lines written shortly after the Revolution’s onset in 1776, Diderot, confident that they would succeed, urges the insurgents to remember in building their new world not to allow inequality of wealth to become too great. He admonished them to “fear a too unequal division of wealth resulting in a small number of opulent citizens and a multitude of citizens living in misery, from which there arises the arrogance of the one and the abasement of the other.”13”
Jonathan Israel, A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy

“Without classifying radical thought as a Spinozistic tendency, combining one-substance doctrine or philosophical monism with democracy and a purely secular moral philosophy based on equality, the basic mechanics of eighteenth-century controversy, thought, and polemics cannot be grasped.”
Jonathan Israel, A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy

“Priestley, who was well known on both sides of the Atlantic for his researches into electricity and chemistry, called for the total abolition of the aristocracy on the grounds that this would prove a moral blessing not only for society but also for the nobility themselves.42”
Jonathan Israel, A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
The History Book ...: BLOOD OF TYRANTS - GLOSSARY ~ (SPOILER THREAD) 97 166 Apr 05, 2014 08:35PM  
Goodreads Librari...: Merge author 3 17 Jan 22, 2015 10:51AM  
The History Book ...: This topic has been closed to new comments. SAMANTA'S 50 BOOKS READ IN 2016 264 230 Dec 26, 2016 02:52PM  
The History Book ...: * THE GLORIOUS REVOLUTION OF 1688-1689 65 444 Apr 01, 2018 11:34PM  
Around the World ...: Netherlands 22 1192 May 13, 2019 03:36AM  


Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Jonathan to Goodreads.