Although the book is huge, it is a page turner, and i reached its half in 4 days.
He is also good on the fundamental modernity of Vico, as well as on the limited influence Locke and Newton had on the continent before the 1730s.
In addition, he writes a book filled with wonderful detail, with rare thinkers and books that make the reader yearn to learn more.
This is an excellent read about all the major figures in the Radical Enlightenment period, with a particular focus on the Netherlands, Germany, France, England, and Italy (with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Berkowitz
The author's thesis is that Spinoza's role (and that of the Dutch circle of radicals of which he was a part) in catalyzing the Enlightenment has been to a great extent undervalued... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alex F Stop
I'm not writing about the content per se, but about the Kindle format. This book has page numbers as indicated. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amy E. Harth
Very thorough in the ideation of leaving the dark ages forever. Explained in detail how and why the middle class emerged from peasantry.Published 14 months ago by Vernon Ward
If you are interested in understanding the historical underpinnings of modern philosophy and politics, then this seminal work is for you. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Craig Doner
Jonathan Israel is nothing short of substantive in his sweeping overview of the Enlightenment from Descartes to Rousseau. This book is absolutely massive and incredibly dense. Read morePublished 18 months ago by David
This is one of those very important books that you never forget once you've read it. It really puts things very clearly into perspective and gives you an overview of history that... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bunny
Let me say right upfront that I only read about a quarter of this book (on my Kindle, so pagination isn't always explicit.) Then I gave up. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ken
There is today still ungoing intense debate between atheists and religionists, and this debate can be highly vitriolic at times. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Dr. Lee D. Carlson