enlightenment reflection

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Joaquin de Rojas 12/8/06 Professor Epstein Enlightenment Packet Immanuel Kant -- An Age of Enlightenment Kant encourages every man to attain enlightenment, but explains that much courage is required. A man must have the strength to mentally free himself from his dependence on monarchs, clergymen, philosophers, doctors, and other “experts” who prevent him from thinking on his own. Kant finds it unfair how a small number of these elites hold tremendous power over the multitude, but he also explains that many of the common people are victims of their own “self-incurred tutelage” (1) because of their cowardice and laziness to reason for themselves. A man must also be granted certain civil freedoms, such as those religious and political, before he can free his mind. Kant emphasizes a peaceful transition towards freedom since “the public can only slowly attain enlightenment” (2). It takes generations for a population to flush out its prejudices and prioritize reason.
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course HP 201 taught by Professor Epstein during the Spring '08 term at BC.

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