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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263242

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.001.0001

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The Re-description of Enlightenment

The Re-description of Enlightenment

Isaiah Berlin Lecture

(p.101) The Re-description of Enlightenment
Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

J. G. A. Pocock

British Academy

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

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