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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

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

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.003.0005

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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