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Introduction: Advancing the Enlightenment

Nicholas Tampio

in Kantian Courage

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780823245000
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823250707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823245000.003.0001

Series: Just Ideas (FUP)

Introduction: Advancing the Enlightenment

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The book begins by raising the question of how political progressives may find or construct a language for contemporary political circumstances. The chapter draws an analogy between the religious wars of the eighteenth and twenty-first century and draws upon Michel Foucault's late writings to argue that an ethos, rather than any particular doctrine, connects us to the Enlightenment. The chapter then lays out a plan to constructa Socratic dialogue about the future of the Enlightenment with the Kant scholar Allen W. Wood, the political liberal John Rawls, the French poststructuralist Gilles Deleuze, and the Muslim political reformer Tariq Ramadan.

Keywords: Foucault; Ethos; Kant; Rawls; Deleuze; Tariq Ramadan; Allen W. Wood; Religious wars

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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