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Did illuminists explicitly say that science would set man free?

Is there any thinker/scientist who ever explicitly say that knowledge/science/technology would liberate man from need, bring universal well-being or paradise on earth? (Note: H.G. Wells said it ...
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What is meant by: “Human rights were discovered (not invented!)”?

I recently encountered the claim that "Human rights were discovered (not invented!) during the French Revolution" by a person who appears to be quite a Hegel fan (this might make the question easier ...
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What is the philosophical status of the enlightenment project?

"“Enlightenment is man’s release from his self-inflicted immaturity. … ‘Have courage to use your own reason!’—that is the motto of enlightenment.” -Kant . "the difference between science and ...
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What ideas from Ancient Greece influenced enlightenment philosophers?

It is my understanding that the ideas of Ancient Greece were carried through medieval Europe and had an influence on enlightenment philosophers. What I wonder is, what were the main (or most ...
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How is it that humans can contemplate individual liberty for some while at the same time accept the idea of owning and selling fellow humans?

The Enlightenment was a period in which concepts such as individual rights, individual liberty, and equality began to gain popularity. Yet it is precisely in this same period that the slaves trade is ...
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Is color intrinsic to light?

Is there any proof to Sir Isaac Newton's claim that color exists only in the mind? That there is nothing intrinsically blue about light with a short wavelength. To us it would look the same whether ...
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Dialectics of Enlightenment - Why is Enlightenment Myth and vice versa?

I've tried several times reading The Dialectics of Enlightenment, it is simply to dense for me and my grounding in philosophy is really not that strong. I've looked at the summary in SEP, and need ...
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What is the prerequisite knowledge for reading philosophers of the Enlightenment?

I want to read philosophical texts, however I have not done so because I am daunted by the prospect of it. I guess this stems from the nature of ideas, that is they are usually in dialogue with other ...
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Enlightenment as the beginning of observation, examination and control

By studying Foucault, one would certainly realize that "Enlightenment" played a major role in creating discourses that led to disciplines and that the multiplicity of the latter contributed to more ...
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Is there transformation of self through realization in Western Philosophy

Transformation through realization a.k.a enlightenment is a recurring theme in eastern philosophy. Is there a counterpart for this in Western Philosophical writings?
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Looking for a treatise on philosophy of “smoothness”

Forgive me, I don't know what to call it. During the Enlightenment there came about an idea that the main phenomena of the universe might be represented by simple equations. For example, Netwon's ...
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Evolution of Enlightenment starting from Benedict de Spinoza

I want to learn about the evolution of enlightenment starting from Benedict de Spinoza. Can anybody name a good book with a link to the e-book?
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What views of government were based on Kantian ethics?

Historically, what kinds of government and politics have been influenced by the maxims of Kant's "categorical imperative"? Take for example, the maxim that one should only act in such a way that the ...