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Kantian CourageAdvancing the Enlightenment in Contemporary Political Theory$
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Nicholas Tampio

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823245000

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823245000.001.0001

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Introduction: Advancing the Enlightenment

Introduction: Advancing the Enlightenment

(p.1) Introduction: Advancing the Enlightenment
Kantian Courage

Nicholas Tampio

Fordham University Press

The book begins by raising the question of how political progressives may find or construct a language for contemporary political circumstances. The chapter draws an analogy between the religious wars of the eighteenth and twenty-first century and draws upon Michel Foucault's late writings to argue that an ethos, rather than any particular doctrine, connects us to the Enlightenment. The chapter then lays out a plan to constructa Socratic dialogue about the future of the Enlightenment with the Kant scholar Allen W. Wood, the political liberal John Rawls, the French poststructuralist Gilles Deleuze, and the Muslim political reformer Tariq Ramadan.

Keywords:   Foucault, Ethos, Kant, Rawls, Deleuze, Tariq Ramadan, Allen W. Wood, Religious wars

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