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Kant's Public and Private Reason: A quick examination

Immanuel Kant’s essay “What is Enlightenment”[i] is an interesting study because its themes are the corner-stone of liberal democracies. It is an exploration of the use of public and private reason. 1,101 more words


The truth about enlightenment

I thought I knew what enlightenment was.

I thought it was something I could find or achieve… I thought it was about getting rid of my ego and healing my emotional wounds… I thought it was about love, connectedness, easy bliss and expansive serenity… I thought it would be the end of all my suffering… I thought it would fix me and somehow make me ‘better’. 656 more words

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What Is Enlightenment? - A Breakdown And Interpretation Of Immanuel Kant's Essay

I recently stumbled upon the writings of Immanuel Kant – The German Philosopher who largely influenced modern philosophy. I stumbled upon in particular, his essay, “What Is Enlightenment?” I was immediately intrigued by the title and read the whole thing twice to understand the religious underpinnings and philosophical ideology or message rather that he was trying to get across to people all over the world at that period of time. 1,186 more words

Immanuel Kant's "What is Enlightenment?"

In 1784, German philosopher Immanuel Kant declared the motto of enlightenment as, “Have courage to use your own reason!”  He goes further to indict laziness and cowardice as the reasons why much of mankind repeatedly fails to uphold this motto, and instead prefers to remain under lifelong tutelage of external influences: 924 more words