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Enlightenment (Age of)
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Concept of the Age

1. In an affirmation now become famous, Kant describes the Enlightenment as “the emergence of man from self-accusatory sheepishness.” This definition of ‘Enlightenment’ means a change in the human being's self-knowledge and place in the universe, and has led to the conception of a new change of the ages of the world. Kant is putting all of his emphasis here on 'self-accusatory’ (in Ger., selbstverschuldet). Every person, Kan…

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Grätzel, Stephan, “Enlightenment (Age of)”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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