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Amanda Heywood Hist 1120-01 Discussion 7 February 2008 What is Enlightenment? The biggest idea in Immanuel Kant’s What is Enlightenment? is the idea of tutelage. Kant describes tutelage as “man’s ability to make use of his understanding without direction of another.” The motto that Kant associates with the Enlightenment is “Have courage to use your own reason!” Overall the idea of tutelage is not a good thing, because it means that man cannot control The Enlightenment was a summation of the ideas that reason controls everything, Kant says that in order for a man to burrow his way out of the idea of tutelage, he must show faith and pride in his state, and that he cannot use his reason because he has never had the opportunity to do so before. He says that “whoever throws them off makes only an uncertain leap over the narrowest ditch
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Unformatted text preview: because he is not accustomed to that kind of free motion,” meaning that only a few people can truly be free by freeing themselves from their ineptitude and accomplish the goal of a steady pace in life and in reason. Kant talks about the differences between public and private reason. He says that the public use of reason is what brings about enlightenment, compared to the private use, which often restricts the process of Enlightenment. He calls those who use their reason publicly are most often scholars, compared to those who use reason privately as civil servants or workers. This use of the idea of reason shows that Enlightenment comes with freedom. Kant believes that if a man has freedom, enlightenment is sure to follow. Freedom binds...
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