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An Answer to the Question: 'What is Enlightenment?' (Penguin Great Ideas) [Kindle Edition]

Immanuel Kant
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Immanuel Kant was one of the most influential philosophers in the whole of Europe, who changed Western thought with his examinations of reason and the nature of reality. In these writings he investigates human progress, civilization, morality and why, to be truly enlightened, we must all have the freedom and courage to use our own intellect.

Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

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Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) was one of the most influential philosophers of all time. His comprehensive and profound thinking on aesthetics, ethics and knowledge has had an immense impact on all subsequent philosophy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Text for all time 11 Nov. 2013
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If you are tempted to read a text which encourages independent thinking, then give in to the temptation to read this short piece by a Prussian philosopher. It was published in 1784. Yet it is fresh. It is vibrant. It is a call not to arms but to using your own understanding. It is call to think things out for yourself. When he wrote his polemic, he was thinking in particular about religious thinking. He wanted people to turn away from creeds and doctrines and rituals. But his call to independence applies well beyond religion. Use your own understanding -l it can be applied to to any matter which seriously affects our lives. Political parties, advertising, what the prime minister says, what the leader of the opposition says, what an estate agent says - listen but challenge. Apply your own critical capacity to what you've heard.

Written in 1784, What is Enhlightenment is a tract for our times. For all time.
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An enlightened outlook into how societies arrange themselves and the almost certain maladies that we as people unavoidably incur upon ourselves, identifying the pains a thinking person suffers in seeing how the world is and is not as it should/could be.
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I found this particularly useful and clarifying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kant is always a good read. While many people have heard his famous ... 12 Jan. 2015
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Kant is always a good read. While many people have heard his famous term, "Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-assured immaturity," readers will learn much more than they imagined. Many people often dismiss sources and notes as idle information, but these notes are a must-read. Many philosophers write about reason, but Kant adds great flavor to his philosophy.
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