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The World We Want: How and Why the Ideals of the Enlightenment Still Elude Us

Robert B. Louden


This book compares the future world that Enlightenment intellectuals had hoped for with the world as it really is. It explores the ways the two worlds differ, and why are they so different; to what extent our world is or isn't the world such intellectuals desired, and the extent to which we still want their world. Unlike previous philosophical critiques and defenses of the Enlightenment, this study focuses extensively on the relevant historical and empirical records first, by examining carefully what kind of future Enlightenment intellectuals actually hoped for; second, by tracking the differe ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, ideals, intellectuals

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195321371
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321371.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert B. Louden, author
University of Southern Maine
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