Friday, June 24, 2022

Guessing Game

Now let's test our ability to match a quote with the appropriate Objectivist (or Objectivist approved) philosopher. Among the great apostles of reason, which great thinker penned or spoke the following bit of rhetoric in praise of enlightenment, independent thinking, and intellectual courage? The quote is as follows:

Enlightenment is man’s release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man’s inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another . . . "Dare to think! Have the courage to use your own reason!" is therefore the motto of the Enlightenment.

Who must we thank for this bit of eloquent magniloquence on behalf of "reason"? Is it Rand? Is it Peikoff? Is it perhaps Binswanger? Or is it some other Objectivist-sympathizing worthy? Can anyone guess this without cheating?


Albionic American said...

Immanuel Kant wrote that, of course.

Which goes to show Rand's inadequate reading in general. In a way, Rand did not fit the stereotype about intellectual Jewish immigrants to the United States, and their similarly-minded children, who stuffed their homes with all the books they could afford, and then read those books and discussed their ideas enthusiastically. I have trouble imagining that Rand could have given a competent lecture about a great work in Western philosophy, like Plato's Republic, for example. Her inadequate study of Western philosophy didn't stop her from making authoritative-sounding pronouncements about all kinds things she didn't really know that much about, however.

Anonymous said...

I have read that Kant said that no advances were made in logic after Aristotle and that he supported the US revolutionary war. (Kant verify this though.)


Anonymous said...

"Enlightenment" is agreement with Kant.

"Tutelage" is disagreement with Kant.

Think for yourself and agree with Kant, Rand----or me!