Were the Enlightenment's most radical proponents democrats? In the most recent installment of Jonathan Israel’s three-volume history of the Enlightenment, he argues both that they were committed materialists and convinced democrats. Conversely, the Enlightenment’s less radical advocates showed greater willingness to make compromises with the status quo. Join distinguished historian Jonathan Israel, Rousseau scholar Helena Rosenblatt, and eighteenth-century specialist Joanna Stalnaker as they debate this and other topics. Moderated by Richard Wolin.
Cosponsored by the Ph.D. Program in History.