Elizabeth O'Connor

 
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The Enlightenment: And Why it Still Matters by Anthony Pagden
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I loved this book, it is academic, but at the same time easy for anyone to grasp, broad in its depth and well organised. It talks about all the main protagonists of the enlightenment and what they contributed to the body of enlightenment ideals that gave rise to constitutional democracies and inspired the league of nations, the united nations, the European court of human rights, as well as the EU itself. It is a tonic for those tired of hearing how liberal democracy is utopian--Pagden underscores this point and illustrates how the enlightenment philosophers, chiefly Kant, argued that getting there is not the point, the important thing is that we base representative republics on it… Read more