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The Roots of American Radicalism

What are the prospects for radical thought in our own times? Some of the most eminent and interesting historians in the world gathered at the Columbia University Heyman Center for the Humanities on March 1 for a daylong conference focusing on some of the dissenting voices of the Enlightenment in both Europe and America. Leading scholars offered their perspectives on the intellectual movement that swept through Europe and the United States in the 17th and 18th centuries, impacting the realms of science, theology and politics.

 
Margaret Jacob

Margaret Jacob, professor of history, UCLA, "The Radical Enlightenment: A Heavenly City with Many Mansions"

Real Video (23:40)
 
Jonathan Israel

Jonathan Israel, Institute for Advanced Study, "The Socio-cultural Structure of the Radical Enlightenment, or Why Holland and Not Britain? and Why Spinoza and Not Hobbes or Toland?"

Real Video (51:39)
 
Akeel Bilgrami

Akeel Bilgrami, Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University, reading a series of notes by Joyce Appleby on "Another Look at American Radicalism"

Real Video (31:59)
 
Eric Foner

Eric Foner, Dewitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University

Real Video (22:10)
 
Phyllis Mack

Phyllis Mack, professor of history, Rutgers University, "Agency and the Unconscious: Spiritual Dreams in 18th- Century Britain"

Real Video (46:31)
 
Deborah Valenze

Deborah Valenze, professor of history, Barnard College, commentator

Real Video (21:35)
 

Production Number: 338
Shot: Mar 1, 2005
Published: Mar 30, 2005
Last modified:Sep 12, 2005