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For the thinkers of the enlightenment reconciling the body and ones innate sensations of passion that come with it appears to have proved to be a challenging ideology Indeed throughout the enlightenment authors and thinkers strove to reconcile basic human functions desires and cravings with a dominant philosophy that championed the mind as being a higher and truer form of acquiring knowledge In a move away from what was seen as a time of sensual indulgence ignorance and reasoning based on false perception the enlightenment endeavored to achieve knowledge and truth based on new kinds of judgment by employing experimentation correct reason and move away from truth based on feelings from the body Unlike knowledge derived from logic and method knowledge from the body is depicted as being temporal capricious and subjective Thus knowledge and truths derived from the body were seen as being less validif legitimate at all Such qualities were not perceived of as being derived from empirical reasoning based on method and rational thinking as opposed to sensation and carnality Yet even for the most sensible of the enlightenment thinkers the body and the sensory passions which are intrinsically linked to humankinds nature were never far from their minds However physical or illogical the body may have been perceived to be its presence could not be ignored and often proved problematic in works that championed the mind This paper will examine this complex ideology from the works of prominent enlightenment thinkers and philosophers Immanuel Kant Madame de La Fayette and Samuel Johnson and how they reconciled the body with the higher pursuits of the mind and rational thinkingImmanuel Kant addresses this notion in The Metaphysics of Morals where he asserts that pure reason must be derived from a logical and formulaic root that is completely removed from the body Kant asserts that it is ignorance and impure thought that has formed our reasoning and that only through a complete eradication of
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