The Re-description of Enlightenment

J. G. A. Pocock

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263242
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734014 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Re-description of Enlightenment

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This lecture discusses the argument that the history of the Enlightenment should be pluralised. It shows that there were a number of Enlightenments occurring, and that not all of them were similar to the original concept. Isaiah Berlin presumed that there was an ‘Enlightenment’ that reduced everything to reason, and a ‘Counter-Enlightenment’ that returned it to the imagination and situated it in history.

Keywords: Isaiah Berlin; Enlightenment; reason; Counter-Enlightenment; imagination

Chapter.  7488 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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