Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights, 1750-1790
- Completes Israel's defining and revisionist trilogy on the Enlightenment
- Presents a comprehensive account of the late Enlightenment, including many previously ignored writers and aspects
- Demonstrates the vital connections between Enlightenment and the French Revolution
- Traces out the trajectory from the radical Enlightenment to modern democratic values
- Includes an exceptionally detailed index facilitating cross-referencing and identification of writers and thinkers
He demonstrates that the Enlightenment was an essentially revolutionary process, driven by philosophical debate. From 1789, its impetus came from a small group of philosophe-revolutionnaires, men such as Mirabeau, Sieyes, Condorcet, Volney, Roederer, and Brissot. Not aligned to any of the social groups who took the lead in the French National assembly, the Paris commune, or the editing of the Parisian revolutionary journals, they nonetheless forged 'la philosophie moderne' - in effect Radical Enlightenment ideas - into a world-transforming ideology that had a lasting impact in Latin America and eastern Europe as well as France, Italy, Germany, and the Low Countries.
Whilst all French revolutionary journals clearly stated that la philosophie moderne was the main cause of the French Revolution, the main stream of historical thought has failed to grasp what this implies. Israel sets the record straight, demonstrating the true nature of the engine that drove the Revolution, and the intimate links between the radical wing of the Enlightenment and the anti-Robespierriste 'Revolution of reason'.
Readership: All who are interested in the history of ideas; scholars and students of modern European history; intellectual historians; historians of the Enlightenment; specialists in Eighteenth Century Studies; historians of philosophy
|Auteur||Jonathan I. Israel|
|Druk/editie||(1 januari 2011)|
|Uitgever||Groothandel / O.U.P.|
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