The enlightenment and why it still matters by anthony pagden review photograph murdo macleod for the guardian i n 1783 johann friedrich zllner a theologian posed a question that we . Professor anthony pagdens the enlightenment and why it still matters provided me a new perspective on an important period in intellectual development he focuses on how the the critical thinkers of that period helped to develop the concept of cosmopolitianism . In the enlightenment anthony pagden reveals why the eras notions still matter. 7 november 2012 why the enlightenment still matters today professor justin champion modern states are without religious ambitions or obligations procedurally secular they combine the governance of religion in the public square with the protection of private convictions. The enlightenment has been regarded as a turning point in the intellectual history of the west the principles of religious tolerance optimism about human progress and a demand for rational
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