Do these “four late nineteenth-century visionaries” still speak to us?
Reading the essays in this collection is like receiving a first-rate tutorial on the way we live now and how we got here.
Berman finds a submerged psychic and cultural stratum in Japanese culture that might supply possible antidotes to the US’s consumerist and individualist fevers.
George Scialabba is still outfoxing the professional eggheads in For the Republic, his third collection of essays on political and cultural topics.
Jonathan I. Israel has written a monumental three-volume history of the Enlightenment, approximately 2500 pages long, not including three lengthy bibliographies. His erudition is fabulous; his range is dizzying.