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"This book succeeds beautifully. Written with confidence and concision, it lays out Jonathan Israel's central ideas about the Radical Enlightenment and its fundamental importance in shaping the values of democratic modernity. Those who already know his work will find a clear and bold statement of his principal arguments, as well as important elaborations and expansions. Those unfamiliar with his scholarship will get a masterful introduction to the work of one of the leading Enlightenment scholars in the world today."--Darrin M. McMahon, Florida State University
"Interesting, erudite, and provocative, this book provides readers with a succinct and clear introduction to Jonathan Israel's wide-ranging work on the Radical Enlightenment. It should command a broad readership."--James Schmidt, Boston University
Having read several of Jonathan Israel's huge Enlightenment histories, I found this publication an excellent summation of how quickly the Enlightenment Philosophes changed... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jim
Jonathan Israel, Revolution of the Mind (PUP, 2010)
In the late sixteenth century in Europe, thinkers began to question church authority and the unquestioned reverence for... Read more
Jonathan Israel is one of my favorite historians and this book is outstanding. He seeks to place radical enlightenment thought in its proper place, as the progenitor of the modern... Read morePublished 16 months ago by joan white
That has been Jonathan Israel's thesis - that "the Enlightenment" we were taught in school was actually a Moderate Enlightenment that rejected democracy, equality, and the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Andy Lowry
Earlier reviewers of this book complained that the Kindle edition had weird formatting and that the clicking on the footnote numbers didn't take you to the footnotes. Read morePublished 22 months ago by K. M. Norwood
This book serves as a steeping stone to Israel's trilogy of books on the `Radical Enlightenment', a superb study of the early modern, but he seems to have moderated slightly the... Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by John C. Landon
This book is very much a thesis piece. Israel sees the Enlightenment as split between a radical and mainstream strain. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Paul Thompson
This seminal historical work is by far the best book I have read thus far on the subject. By distinguishing the "moderate" from the "radical" enlightenment, Israel... Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Craig Doner
I picked this book up out of curiosity regarding Israel's thesis, which in essence states that there were two separate and incompatible enlightenments during the seventeenth and... Read morePublished on December 21, 2011 by M. C. McG