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In the age of enlightenment new and radical expressions and ideas emerged at the forefront of philosophy Amongst German philosophers the question of what enlightenment truly encompassed was a major focal point Two specific philosophers of this age are Immanuel Kant during and Arthur Schopenhauer late both have separate views on the subject of gained wisdom and intellect the perfectability of human nature that comes along with being enlightened Kant feels that enlightenment is mans emergence from his self-indurred immaturity In other words a detachment from any religious sect Schopenhauer goes one step further too offer the idea that true enlightenment comes from knowledge of fate brutality and the sin that the human race is drown in But in contrast Schopenhauer feels that acceptance of these truths can still be possible under rule and under religious guidance It is Schopenhauers view of enlightenment that reaches closer to the truth Kant was a man who was raised during the Enlightenment In his work entitled What is Enlightenment he preaches like a mad Atheist accusing any follower of religious faith of bing immature and lazyIt is all too easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians It is this immaturity and susceptibility that he seeks to pull his people from It is easy for them to be immature keeping a mind set of I need not think so long as I can pay Pretty harsh words for his time when the threat of religious persecution was still an existent social norm He feels man to be smarter than that For they would certainly learn to walk eventually after a few falls But man cannot do this because he was never allowed to make the attempt Let man learn Kant replies Let him be free to speak Let him be free to think on his own The public use of mans reason must always be free and it alone can bring about enlightenment This
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