Posts on Readings of the Meaning of “Enlightenment” and “Enlightenment reason:”
- An off-print of an article published in the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, No. 147 (November 2013): 51-73 in pdf format:
What is Enlightenment? A Response to Balcomb’s Call for the Retrieval of ‘Participation’
2. A paper in response to Foucault:
“Enlightenment: Reflections on Michel Foucault’s ‘Was ist Aufklärung?'”
At least since the French „Encyclopedists,” the notion of enlightenment has been associated with knowledge of the correct facts. As a consequence, even Kant’s famous aphorism for labelling enlightenment, Sapere Aude! (Dare to know for oneself!), has been frequently taken to mean: assume responsibility for your own knowledge of the facts (i.e., don’t trust authorities to be providing you with the true facts)!