Radical Enlightenment


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I. The 'Radical Enlightenment'
1: Introduction
2: Government and Philosophy
3: Society, Institutions, Revolution
4: Women, Philosophy, and Sexuality
5: Censorship and Culture
6: Libraries and Enlightenment
7: The Learned Journals
II. The Rise of Philosophical Radicalism
8: Spinoza
9: Van den Enden: Philosophy, Democracy, and Egalitarianism
10: Radicalism and the People: The Brothers Koerbagh
11: Philosophy, the Interpreter of Scripture
12: Miracles Denied
13: Spinoza's System
14: Spinoza, Science, and the Scientists
15: Philosophy, Politics, and the Liberation of Man
16: Publishing a Banned Philosophy
17: The Spread of a Forbidden Movement
III. Europe and the 'New' Intellectual Controversies 1680-1720
18: Bayle and the 'Virtuous Atheist'
19: The Bredenburg Disputes
20: Fontenelle and the War of the Oracles
21: The Death of the Devil
22: Leenhof and the 'Universal Philosophical Religion'
23: The 'Nature of God' Controversy
IV. The Intellectual Counter-Offensive
24: New Theological Strategies
25: The Collapse of Cartesianism
26: Leibniz and the Radical Enlightenment
27: Anglomania: The 'Triumph' of Newton and Locke
28: The Intellectual Drama in Spain and Portugal
29: Germany and the Baltic: 'The 'War of the Philosophers'
V. The Clandestine Progress of the Radical Enlightenment 1680-1750
30: Boulainvilliers and the Rise of French
31: French Refugee Deists in Exile
32: The Spinozistic Novel in French
33: English Deism and Europe
34: Germany: The Radical Aufklaerung
35: The Radical Impact in Italy
36: The Clandestine Philosophical Manuscripts
37: From La Mettrie to Diderot
38: Epilogue: Rousseau, Radicalism, Revolution

About the Author

Jonathan Israel is a professor in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.


The tributes which Israel has received for Radical Enlightenment are thoroughly merited; this book will become a modern classic upon the subject. David J. Sturdy, Cultural and Social History 2004-2006 Deserves to be widely read because it is an example of ground-breaking vastly well-informed and thoroughly new history David Horspool, The Guardian The scholarship is breathtaking. Israel has read everything, absorbed every nuance, followed up every byway ... Five years from now, our views of the Enlightenment will have been enormously influenced by Israel. Peter Watson, New Statesman There is much to praise in Israel's majestic account of the Enlightenment and his detective work in placing Spinoza at the heart of it. A.C. Grayling, FT Weekend Magnificent and magisterial, Radical Enlightenment will undoubtedly be one of truly great historical works of the decade. John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph

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