What is Enlightenment?

2014.03.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Samuel Fleischacker, What is Enlightenment?, Routledge, 2013, 235pp., $31.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780415497817. Reviewed by James
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2014.03.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Samuel Fleischacker, What is Enlightenment?, Routledge, 2013, 235pp., $31.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780415497817. Reviewed by James Schmidt, Boston University Samuel Fleischacker argues that Immanuel Kant's discussion of the question "What is Enlightenment?" provides "both the notion of enlightenment that has been criticized for its arrogant aspiration to replace all traditional ways of life with liberal individualism and a much more open, flexible ideal that can help us resist our arrogant aspirations" (1). The former, which Fleischacker dubs "maximum enlightenment" (hereafter, MaxE), is antagonistic towards most forms of religious belief, convinced of the beneficence of science, and suspicious of tradition. In contrast, the "minimalist Enlightenment" (hereafter, MinE) is more modest: it is concerned with "how one holds one's views,. . .

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