Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750 (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Feb 8, 2001 - History - 832 pages
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Arguably the most decisive shift in the history of ideas in modern times was the complete demolition during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - in the wake of the Scientific Revolution - of traditional structures of authority, scientific thought, and belief, by the new philosophy and the philosophies, culminating in Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau. In this revolutionary process which effectively overthrew all justification for monarchy, aristocracy, slavery, and ecclesiastical authority, as well as man's asendancy over woman and theology's domination over education and study, substituting the modern principles of equality, democracy, and universality, the Radical Enlightenment played a crucially important part. Despite the present-day interest in the revolutions of the late eighteenth century, the origins and rise of the Radical Enlightenment have been astonishingly little studied, doubtless largely because if its very wide international sweep and the obvious difficulties of fitting it into the restrictive conventions of 'national history' which until recently tended to dominate all historiography. The greatest obstacle to the Radical Enlightenment finding its proper place in modern historical writing is simply that it was not French, British, German, Italian, Jewish or Dutch, but all of these at the same time. In this novel interpretation of the Radical Enlightenment down to La Mettrie and Diderot, two of its key exponents, particular stress is placed on the pivotal role of Spinoza and the widespread underground international philosophical movement known before 1750 as Spinozism.
  

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This detailed intellectual history contrasts the "radical" Enlightenment of Spinoza with the moderate version represented by John Locke. The author documents a five-way battle for the minds of modern ... Read full review

Contents

19THE BREDENBURG DISPUTES
xxii
20FONTENELLE AND THE WAR OF THE ORACLES
l
21THE DEATH OF THE DEVIL
lxxvi
22LEENHOF AND THE UNIVERSAL PHILOSOPHICAL RELIGION
iii
23THE NATURE OF GOD CONTROVERSY 17101720
iii
PART IV THE INTELLECTUAL COUNTEROFFENSIVE
iv
24NEW THEOLOGICAL STRATEGIES
v
25THE COLLAPSE OF CARTESIANISM
liv

3SOCIETY INSTITUTIONS REVOLUTION
cxii
4WOMEN PHILOSOPHY AND SEXUALITY
cl
5CENSORSHIP AND CULTURE
clxxv
6LIBRARIES AND ENLIGHTENMENT
vii
7THE LEARNED JOURNALS
xlvi
PART II THE RISE OF PHILOSOPHICAL RADICALISM
ii
8SPINOZA
iii
PHILOSOPHY DEMOCRACY AND EGALITARIANISM
xxviii
THE BROTHERS KOERBAGH
xliv
11PHILOSOPHY THE INTERPRETER OF SCRIPTURE
lxii
12MIRACLES DENIED
xi
13SPINOZAS SYSTEM
xxx
14SPINOZA SCIENCE AND THE SCIENTISTS
l
15PHILOSOPHY POLITICS AND THE LIBERATION OF MAN
lxxvi
16PUBLISHING A BANNED PHILOSOPHY
cv
17THE SPREAD OF A FORBIDDEN MOVEMENT
cxxxvi
PART III EUROPE AND THE NEW INTELLECTUAL CONTROVERSIES 16801720
iii
18BAYLE AND THE VIRTUOUS ATHEIST
iv
26LEIBNIZ AND THE RADICAL ENLIGHTENMENT
xcvi
THE TRIUMPH OF NEWTON AND LOCKE
x
28THE INTELLECTUAL DRAMA IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
xxxi
THE WAR OF THE PHILOSOPHERS
lii
PART V THE CLANDESTINE PROGRESS OF THE RADICAL ENLIGHTENMENT 16801750
v
30BOULAINVILLIERS AND THE RISE OF FRENCH DEISM
vi
31FRENCH REFUGEE DEISTS IN EXILE
xxii
32THE SPINOZISTIC NOVEL IN FRENCH
xlix
33ENGLISH DEISM AND EUROPE
lxiii
THE RADICAL AUFKLÄRUNG
xii
35 THE RADICAL IMPACT IN ITALY
xxi
36 THE CLANDESTINE PHILOSOPHICAL MANUSCRIPTS
lv
37 FROM LA METTRIE TO DIDEROT
xvii
ROUSSEAU RADICALISM REVOLUTION
xxxiii
Bibliography
xlvi
Index
ccxxxiii
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