Immanuel Kant Enlightenment

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Brandon Sanchez Professor Stancil Literary Classics of The West Tradition II March 31, 2016 Immanuel Kant and The Era of Enlightenment Immanuel Kant has been among the top philosophers, the world has ever had. However, he lived a life which many people claimed was boring. In terms of habits, “Kant was very regular to an extent that people of the place where he lived used to set their watches using his afternoon walk” (Deligiorgi 5). Immanuel Kant lived towards the end of The Enlightenment era. This was a cultural movement in Europe during the 18th century. Figures of The Enlightenment such as David Hume and Voltaire aimed at replacing the superstitions and traditions of monarchy and religion with a view that depended majorly on the powers of reasoning. According to Immanuel Kant, enlightenment is the emergence of a man from his personal imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the lack of the ability to use your own understanding without…show more content…
People were accustomed to this kind of state, changing them would be very challenging. This is because nobody had ever tempted them to think for themselves. Change of such habits needs to start from the bottom at a very young age. It is at a young age where the habit of creative reasoning is built up in the mind. During the era of enlightenment, people started to reason individually, relying on others started decreasing. Reliance on formulas and rules and mechanical aids offered by other people are all signs of imposed permanent immaturity. Consequently, very few numbers of people have succeeded in improving their own minds to release themselves from this immaturity which has been trapping people for quite a long time. "by a lie a man throws away, and as it were, annihilates his dignity as a man” (Kant &
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