on 26 February 2013
Extremely clearly written with a lot of new detail. This book goes beyond the spectrum of most books on the enlightenment. It is fascinating and stimulating for any human being, like me, who just can't get enough information on this fascinating and influential period. Jonathan Israel is not a dry academic, he is someone in love with this period of history and he writes it with verve and as swell as rigour.
on 7 September 2013
This is becoming the most talked about academic work in decades. Simply, it is changing our understanding of 'postmodern' now, by clarifying where our thinking came from, why we think what we do now, and how 'postmodernism' has, bluntly, missed the point. It seems likely to me that Jonathan Israel's Enlightenment trilogy, of which this is the culmination, will be remembered long into the future. It is brilliant.
on 10 October 2011
The Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights 1750-1790 is the last part of three books on Enlightenment. I like the thourough way Isreals describes the period from Spinoza till the French Revolution. When you read the series you will know every philosopher that did write something about Spinoza and his philosphy.