What Is Enlightenment? Essay

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In this paper I will be talking about the article “What is Enlightenment” by Immanuel Kant. In this paper I will be answering the question that was given at the end of the article. I will talk about what enlightenment and what it entails. What tutelage is according to Kant? Also explain what Kant thought about the subject. What are the conditions for the gradual spread of enlightenment in the community? These are some of the questions that I will be answering in the essay and also give my opinion of the article.
This is article is about Enlightenment and what enlightenment entails. He answers the question in the first sentence of the essay. According to Kant “Enlightenment is man's release ...view middle of the document...

Thus, the so called elites use the cowardice and fear of the general public by suppressing them and leading them back to the “harness of the cart to which they were tethered” (Kant, 1) They did this by showing the goodness of the present society they were in, and amplifying reasons not venues of reason. The final reason Kant gives for tutelage is complacency and blind obedience. The people were smug in their shackles of centuries old serfdom. Like “domestic cattle” they obeyed without bothering to challenge norm or person to alleviate their suffering (Kant, 1).
These are the main reasons that Kant thinks it is difficult for people to work their way out of this immature, cowardly way of life because they are so uncomfortable with the idea of thinking for his or her selves. Kant says that even if we did throw off the spoon-fed dogma and formulas we have absorbed, we would still be stuck, because we have never educated ourselves. Even to this day we are still in what he calls tutelage. We have to go to school to learn the basic that are shoved down our throats. We are told that we should do things a certain way or obey the laws that are made by the people in charge. These...

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