Talk examines French Enlightenment, Oct. 18
Posted October 10, 2007; 04:19 p.m.
Jonathan Israel, a scholar of European history at the Institute for Advanced Study, will discuss French Enlightenment philosophers and ideas at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in 101 McCormick.
"Voltaire, Radical Philosophes and Anti-Philosophes: The Struggle of Modernity's Three World Outlooks (1750-89)" is the title of Israel's lecture. The philosophes were a group of radical writers and philosophers, including Voltaire, who criticized French religious and political practices in the 18th century.
Israel's recent work focuses on the impact of radical thought, and on the Enlightenment and the emergence of modern ideas of democracy, equality, toleration, freedom of the press and individual freedom. His talk, designated as a James Moffett '29 Lecture in Ethics, is sponsored by the University Center for Human Values.