Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Kant Touch This...

"My preference in trying to describe the Enlightenment is to select particular events, advances in knowledge and changes in institutional design rather than specific people because whoever you choose, you’re going to get a mixed bag to some extent."
My comment on a post entitled "Enlightenment" over at Counting Cats In Zanzibar. There is no doubt in my mind that the task is not one of defending what we now call The Enlightenment but of trying to advance it through popular mediums of communication. Anyone can pull a few soundbites out of a Kant or a Hume, but I say this is distortion and is not really adequate to the level of discrimination demanded by the nature of the task - if it is to be taken seriously at all.

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