H125A 11.29 - Lec 18 - Enlightenment Thought and Public Sphere

H125A 11.29 - Lec 18 - Enlightenment Thought and Public Sphere

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29/11/2007 17:15:00 I. The Key Text: Kant (1724-1804), “What is Enlightenment” (1784) A. Distinction between public and private 1. Private is associated with office Private = family (19 th  century idea) Private = individual within the family (20 th  century idea) 2. Public is associated with reading B. Nature of reason – Two Kinds: 1. Private – rationality/reason that is related to your office or to your  employment (it is instrumental) Subject to authority and domination 2. Public C. Nature of individual: Rational in two senses, free/unfree, immature/mature D. Enlightenment a matter of progress The idea of reading = freedom It’s what you have to say that counts, not who you are The more you become rational, the more you are free (freedom and rationality 
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course HIST 125A taught by Professor Sabean during the Fall '07 term at UCLA.

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H125A 11.29 - Lec 18 - Enlightenment Thought and Public Sphere

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