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The Enlightenment thinkers and the myth of the noble savage

A lot depends on how you draw the lines around the Enlightenment and around philosophy. It would seem that the trope was of much more interest in art and literature than in philosophy. This article ...
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Trying to understand Horkheimer/Adorno Dialectic of Enlightenment

I linked another answer of mine in the comments, which should clarify some aspects of the question. The point is that enlightenment, which proliferated freedom, lead to institutional and moral ...
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The Enlightenment thinkers and the myth of the noble savage

One of the motifs of enlightenment thinking was the idea of the 'State of Nature'. This idea was used by a number of people — Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Adam Smith, etc — and was meant to imagine how ...
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Was Adorno trying to destroy the enlightenment?

No, he was not trying to "destroy" enlightenment. In the preface to Dialectic of Enlightenment the authors mention a "positive" conception of enlightenment: "The critique of ...
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Riddle of J Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti was not a philosopher of the western type. He was an Indian mystic ( not in the traditional look and feel ) who uses a western taste language to make us think and contemplate about the ...
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Were the English and French Enlightenment thinkers influenced by Renaissance humanists?

Good question indeed. I never heard or read a connection between the two, something I find astonishing. One element of response could be in the 'tabula rasa' approach typical of enlightement ...
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