A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the by Jonathan I. Israel

By Jonathan I. Israel

Democracy, unfastened concept and expression, non secular tolerance, person liberty, political self-determination of peoples, sexual and racial equality--these values have firmly entered the mainstream within the many years due to the fact they have been enshrined within the 1948 U.N. statement of Human Rights. but when those beliefs now not look radical this present day, their beginning was once very radical indeed--far extra so than such a lot historians were prepared to acknowledge. In A Revolution of the Mind, Jonathan Israel, one of many world's top historians of the Enlightenment, strains the philosophical roots of those principles to what have been the least first rate strata of Enlightenment thought--what he calls the novel Enlightenment.

Originating as a clandestine circulate of rules that was once virtually completely hidden from public view in the course of its earliest part, the novel Enlightenment matured towards the reasonable mainstream Enlightenment dominant in Europe and the USA within the eighteenth century. in the course of the innovative a long time of the 1770s, 1780s, and 1790s, the unconventional Enlightenment burst into the open, simply to impress a protracted and sour backlash. A Revolution of the Mind exhibits that this lively competition used to be in general a result of robust impulses in society to safeguard the foundations of monarchy, aristocracy, empire, and racial hierarchy--principles associated with the upholding of censorship, church authority, social inequality, racial segregation, non secular discrimination, and far-reaching privilege for ruling groups.

In telling this attention-grabbing historical past, A Revolution of the Mind finds the incredible starting place of our so much adored values--and is helping clarify why in sure circles they're often disapproved of and attacked even today.

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The narrative will end, in the final chapter, with the suggestion that modernism itself should now give way to an interpretive social science that shifts attention from policy expertise to democratic theory. The Rise of Modernism In the late nineteenth century the study of politics was dominated by a diverse and evolving stream of comparative-historical scholarship that had emerged in the mid-nineteenth century and that persisted well into the early decades of the twentieth century. This developmental historicism inspired grand narratives centered on the nation, the state, and freedom.

1. The Rise and Varieties of Modernism Developmental historicism Modernism Government Concept of rationality Civilizational Economic and sociological State formation Nation and/or imperial state Corporate and/or welfare state Public sector Civil service Bureaucracy Mode of accountability Responsible government Procedural accountability The new governance New theories of governance— rational choice and new institutionalism Neoliberal and/or network state New worlds of governance— markets and networks Performance accountability new approaches to gather, summarize, and analyze data.

The first is the rise of new forms of policy production and implementation. The new public management, marketization, and various forms of cogovernance have risen alongside if not in place of centralized bureaucracies. A second feature of the new governance is the expansion of public discussion and action to include new social actors. Policy networks may be more extensive and widespread. Many state actors consciously try to involve new actors in policy processes. These two aspects of the new governance are well recognized and widely discussed.

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