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Enlightenment Contested: Philosophy, Modernity, and the Emancipation of Man 1670-1752

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Jonathan Israel presents the first major reassessment of the Western Enlightenment for a generation. Continuing the story he began in the best-selling Radical Enlightenment, and now focusing his attention on the first half of the eighteenth century, he returns to the original sources to offer a groundbreaking new perspective on the nature and development of the most important currents i ...more
Hardcover, 983 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by OUP Oxford (first published January 1st 2006)
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Chris
Aug 26, 2010 rated it liked it
This is Israel's second volume in what he promises to be a magisterial recasting of Enlightenment history. It appeared in 2006 and weighs in at almost 1,000 pages of dense type. Judging from the reviews in peer-reviewed journals, both of this book and of its fat prequel, Radical Enlightenment, Israel's interpretation is now dominant among specialists in the field. Lengthy review essays now discuss Israel's project.
Apparently, Radical Enlightenment was a prolegomena. This second volume wi
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Ruud 't Sas
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting, readable and a source. And last but not least: enjoyable.
Phillip Welshans
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
It's ~1,000 pages long, so I picked and chose which chapters I read. It's incredibly dense, but if you want to get deep in the weeds on the philosophy underpinning the Enlightenment, this book, and the other two in the series, will do it in spades. Tons of information and insight into how these men, some famous and some you'll only encounter in great detail in this book, really thought about politics, morality, and one another.

Two warnings: First, a passing familiarity with French and German an
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Nick Black
Dec 07, 2008 marked it as to-read
Amazon 2008-12-07. This massive effort's slated to open up 2009 -- sure to be a massively epic year, what with it Romanizing to MMIX, the name of Donald Knuth's "RISC Architecture for the Third Millennium"!
Ted Morgan
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maybe a tad polemical in outlook but not in details or scholarship. An important work.
Vitalie Sprinceana
A comprehensive survey of the different (and contradictory) intellectual movements, fights, struggles, disputes that gave birth to what we call the Enlightenment.
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Jonathan Israel zet de lijn van Radical Enlightenment onverminderd voort. Iemand die zich ten doel stelt om de Verlichting te redden van de hedendaagse neiging om de verworvenheden (o.a. tolerantie, kritische houding, rationele argumentatie) ervan te ontkennen, kan niet genoeg gelezen worden. Het leuke van Enlightenment Contested is de verrassende (en verfrissende) debunking van een groot aantal heilige huizen. Israel zet de Gematigde Verlichting neer voor wat het is; een onhoudbare (en afgemete ...more
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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.

In recent years, Israel has f
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