A C Grayling

To Think for Oneself

Encylopédie: The Triumph of Reason in an Unreasonable Age

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IN HIS SEMINAL essay ‘What Is Enlightenment?’ the great Immanuel Kant wrote that the aim of enlightenment is thinking and choosing for oneself – and, more to the point, thinking fruitfully and choosing wisely. That in turn requires being well informed. But mere information is not sufficient; one’s information must be organised into knowledge. And the knowledge must not be mere knowledge for its own sake, but knowledge which gives rise to insight and understanding.

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