Enlightenment Assignment (Philosophy)

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Kyle Cook Mr. Percesepe PHI 492 2 December 2015 Enlightenment Assignment 1. Discuss the two papers by Kant: What is Enlightenment?, and "Is the Human Race Continually Improving?". What is enlightenment, according to Kant? What are the sources of the lack of enlightenment? Kant gives his own examples, but provide your own taken from our society where you see people act in an unenlightened way? What are the ways to remedy the situation? Why is the government not investing in the education of the children? Has anything changed? 500 words Answer: From the great mind of Immanuel Kant, the definition of enlightenment is; the freedom of man from “self-incurred tutelage.” In essence, this means that humans could escape the intellectual bondage that people were stuck in for quite some time. Kant insists upon humans having the ability to think freely, and be treated in the same manner as their dignity gets treated. People should also have the ability to use their public and private use of human reason. These characteristics of enlightenment should always evolve in a positive manner as the people in the world do. There are plenty of aspects where enlightenment is alive and well, however, there are also ways that show a lack of enlightenment. There are quite a few sources for the lack of enlightenment. One source takes place in countries of the world that have a lot of power over its people. When countries control their people to a high extent, they have the power to not only alienate them, but also to make sure that they do not indulge in their self-educating and knowledge. This can cause issues with rationalism as well as universalism.
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