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A revolution of the mind : Radical Enlightenment and the intellectual origins of modern democracy, Jonathan Israel

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A revolution of the mind : Radical Enlightenment and the intellectual origins of modern democracy
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A revolution of the mind
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Radical Enlightenment and the intellectual origins of modern democracy
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Jonathan Israel
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eng
Summary
"Democracy, free thought and expression, religious tolerance, individual liberty, political self-determination of peoples, sexual and racial equality - these values have firmly entered the mainstream in the decades since they were enshrined in the 1948 U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. But if these ideals no longer seem radical today, their origin was very radical indeed - far more so than most historians have been willing to recognize. In A Revolution of the Mind, Jonathan Israel, one of the world's leading historians of the Enlightenment, traces the philosophical roots of these ideas to what were the least respectable strata of Enlightenment thought - what he calls the Radical Enlightenment. Originating as a clandestine movement of ideas that was almost entirely hidden from public view during its earliest phase, the Radical Enlightenment matured in opposition to the moderate mainstream Enlightenment dominant in Europe and America in the eighteenth century. During the revolutionary decades of the 1770s, 1780s, and 1790s, the Radical Enlightenment burst into the open, only to provoke a long and bitter backlash. A Revolution of the Mind shows that this vigorous opposition was mainly due to the powerful impulses in society to defend the principles of monarchy, aristocracy, empire, and racial hierarchy - principles linked to the upholding of censorship, church authority, social inequality, racial segregation, religious discrimination, and far-reaching privilege for ruling groups. In telling this history, A Revolution of the Mind reveals the surprising origin of our most cherished values - and helps explain why in certain circles they are frequently disapproved of and attacked even today." --Book jacket
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1946-
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Israel, Jonathan I.
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index present
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JA84.E9
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I87 2010
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Political science
  • Enlightenment
  • Democracy
  • Aufklärung
  • Demokratie
  • Politische Wissenschaft
  • Democracy
  • Enlightenment
  • Political science
  • Aufklärung
  • Demokratie
  • Politische Philosophie
  • Aufklärung
  • Demokratie
  • Politische Philosophie
  • Geistesgeschichte
  • Europa
  • Europe
  • Europa
  • Europa
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A revolution of the mind : Radical Enlightenment and the intellectual origins of modern democracy, Jonathan Israel
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Progress and the Enlightenment's two conflicting ways of improving the world -- Democracy or social hierarchy? : the political rift -- The problem of equality and inequality : the rise of economics -- The Enlightenment's critique of war and the quest for "perpetual peace" -- Two kinds of moral philosophy in conflict -- Voltaire versus Spinoza : the Enlightenment as a basic duality of philosophical systems -- Conclusion
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 276 p.
Isbn
9780691142005
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009011137
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  • (OCoLC)317068082
  • (OCoLC)ocn317068082
Label
A revolution of the mind : Radical Enlightenment and the intellectual origins of modern democracy, Jonathan Israel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Progress and the Enlightenment's two conflicting ways of improving the world -- Democracy or social hierarchy? : the political rift -- The problem of equality and inequality : the rise of economics -- The Enlightenment's critique of war and the quest for "perpetual peace" -- Two kinds of moral philosophy in conflict -- Voltaire versus Spinoza : the Enlightenment as a basic duality of philosophical systems -- Conclusion
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiv, 276 p.
Isbn
9780691142005
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009011137
System control number
  • (OCoLC)317068082
  • (OCoLC)ocn317068082

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