The Early Enlightenment in the Dutch Republic, 1650-1750

Selected Papers of a Conference held at the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, 22-23 March 2001

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Editor: Wiep van Bunge
This book contains twelve essays by prominent historians from the Netherlands, Belgium and the United States on the early Enlightenment in the Dutch Republic. In the wake of the increased awareness of the importance of this particular period for the European Enlightenment as a whole, they focus on Cartesianism, Spinozism and Empiricism, the three main schools of thought that made up its philosophical profile. The first part of the book highlights the academic infrastructure of the Dutch Republic and the theological response to the Radical Enlightenment. The second and third parts concentrate on the philosophical and the scientific developments in the Dutch Republic from 1650 to 1750. The final part of this book deals with the international proliferation of the Dutch Radical Enlightenment and with the way in which its main protagonists have been ignored by Dutch historiography.

Contributors include: Wiep van Bunge, Andrew Fix, Jonathan Israel, Eric Jorink, Henri Krop, Wijnand Mijnhardt, Han van Ruler, Paul Schuurman, Geert Vanpaemel, Hans de Waardt, Ernestine van der Wall, and Michiel Wielema.
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Biographical Note

Wiep van Bunge, Ph.D. (1990) in Philosophy, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, is Professor of the History of Philosophy at the Erasmus University. His publications include From Stevin to Spinoza. An Essay on Philosophy in the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Republic (Brill, 2001). He co-edited Disguised and Overt Spinozism around 1700 (Brill, 1996).

Table of contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction: The Early Enlightenment in the Dutch Republic, 1650–1750, Wiep van Bunge

PART 1. PROFESSORS AND PASTORS
1. Academic Careers and Scholarly Networks, Hans de Waardt
2. The Religious Context of the Early Dutch Enlightenment: Moral Religion and Society, Ernestine van der Wall

PART 2. PHILOSOPHY
3. Adriaan Koerbagh: Biblical Criticism and Enlightenment, Michiel Wielema
4. ‘Outside God there is Nothing’: Swammerdam, Spinoza, and the Janus-Face of the Early Dutch Enlightenment, Eric Jorink
5. The Shipwreck of Belief and Eternal Bliss: Philosophy and Religion in Later Dutch Cartesianism, Han van Ruler
6. The Empiricist Logic of Ideas of Jean le Clerc, Paul Schuurman

PART 3. THE SCIENCES
7. Comets in the Early Dutch Enlightenment, Andrew Fix
8. Medicine and Philosophy in Leiden around 1700: Continuity or Rupture?, Henri Krop
9. The Culture of Mathematics in the Early Dutch Enlightenment, Geert Vanpaemel

PART 4. ENLIGHTENMENTS PAST AND PRESENT
10. The Early Dutch Enlightenment as a Factor in the Wider European Enlightenment, Jonathan Israel
11. The Construction of Silence: Religious and Political Radicalism in Dutch History, Wijnand Mijnhardt

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Readership

All those interested in intellectual history, the history of the Dutch Republic and the Enlightenment.

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