Why We Should Defend the Enlightenment

Enlightenment ideas have always faced resistance, but they continue to be relevant and are vital to our understanding of the modern world.

Delacroix's 'Liberty Leading the People'Defining the Enlightenment, in time, space and substance, has proven challenging. Yet agreement does exist about certain ideas that originated or matured during this period, about political and economic freedom, social equality and the value of science, as was outlined by Avi Lifschitz in the September 2013 issue of History Today. Such ideas have shaped history in many ways, as potent forces, making the Enlightenment not merely ‘a work in progress’ but a source for the modern world. 

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