scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 490
According to Kant Enlightenment is a mans emergence from his self-incurred immaturity Immaturity is the inability to use ones own understanding without the guidance of another This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another The motto of enlightenment is therefore Have courage to use your own understanding Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large proportion of men even when nature has long liberated them from alien guidance naturaliter maiorennes nevertheless gladly remain immature for life For the same reasons it is all too easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians It is so convenient to be immature If I have a book to have understanding in place of me a spiritual adviser to have a conscience for me a doctor to judge my diet for me and so on I need not make any efforts at all I need not think so long as I can pay others will soon enough take the tiresome job over for me The guardians who have kindly taken upon themselves the work of supervision will soon see to it that by far the largest part of mankind should consider the step forward to maturity not only as difficult but also as highly dangerous Thus it is difficult for each separate individual to work his way out of the immaturity which has become almost second nature to him He has even grown fond of it and is really incapable for the time being of using his own understanding because he was never allowed to make the attempt Doctrine and formulas those mechanical instruments for rational use of his natural endowments are the ball and chain of his permanent immaturity And if anyone did throw them off he would still be uncertain about jumping over even the narrowest of trenches for he would be unaccustomed to
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA