Meaning in the Modern World

Enlightenment

  • The Light of the Past Essay

    The Enlightenment

    Few moments in the history of thought have been as much the subject of dispute

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    The Light of the Past

  • Signposts

    Signposts

    Hopes are not ungrounded if their signposts are real

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    Vive la Republic

  • Moral Reasoning

    Moral Reasoning

    The basic rule of Kant’s moral reasoning

    331

    And End, not a Mean

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    Happiness as Duty

    The Enlightenment held movement, not rest, to be the key to human happiness

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    My Perfection, your Happiness

  • Ideals Essays

    Ideals

    Strictly speaking, right cannot be a matter of knowledge, though it’s often the thing we want to know most of all.

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    Between Is and Ought

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    Natural Religion

    Religion is a way of expressing reverence and morality that are felt in every culture we know

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    Loving Life in All its Forms

  • Growing Up

    Growing Up

    You need not be Peter Pan to feel uneasy about the prospect of becoming adult.

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    Harder Than you Think

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    Happiness

    The idea of injustice, of bad things happening to good people, has ancient and universal resonance

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    A Natural Right for All

  • Reason

    Reason

    The Enlightenment’s appeal to reason began as opposition to authority that had been inherited but never justified.

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    Bringing the Is and Ought together

  • Reverence

    Reverence

    Enlightenment thinkers were all the more keen to keep the parts of religion they held essential as faith in traditional Christianity became more difficult to retain

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    A Reaction to Truth?

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