Thursday, 24 October 2019

On The Age of Enlightenment

Did the Age of Enlightenment lead to any enlightening idea? The Enlightenment is not identified with one or two great philosophers; it was a mishmash of philosophers belonging to an array of schools of thought—monarchists and republicans, atheists and deists, liberals and non-liberals, communists and egalitarians, free-marketers and socialists, anarchists and statists, humanists and racists. They had bitter disputes with each other on a range of political and ethical issues, but the doctrine with which the Enlightenment is generally associated is a totalitarian one: that the human race can be perfected and a good society can be created by using political power.

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