The World We Want: How and Why The Ideals of the Enlightenment Still Elude Us by Robert B. LoudenThe World We Want: How and Why The Ideals of the Enlightenment Still Elude Us by Robert B. Louden

The World We Want: How and Why The Ideals of the Enlightenment Still Elude Us

byRobert B. Louden

Paperback | March 18, 2010

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The World We Want compares the future world that Enlightenment intellectuals had hoped for with our own world at present. In what respects do the two worlds differ, and why are they so different? To what extent is and isn't our world the world they wanted, and to what extent do we today stillwant their world? Unlike previous philosophical critiques and defenses of the Enlightenment, the present study focuses extensively on the relevant historical and empirical record first, by examining carefully what kind of future Enlightenment intellectuals actually hoped for; second, by tracking thedifferent legacies of their central ideals over the past two centuries.But in addition to documenting the significant gap that still exists between Enlightenment ideals and current realities, the author also attempts to show why the ideals of the Enlightenment still elude us. What does our own experience tell us about the appropriateness of these ideals? WhichEnlightenment ideals do not fit with human nature? Why is meaningful support for these ideals, particularly within the US, so weak at present? Which of the means that Enlightenment intellectuals advocated for realizing their ideals are inefficacious? Which of their ideals have devolved intodistorted versions of themselves when attempts have been made to realize them? How and why, after more than two centuries, have we still failed to realize the most significant Enlightenment ideals? In short, what is dead and what is living in these ideals?
Robert B. Louden is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine.
Title:The World We Want: How and Why The Ideals of the Enlightenment Still Elude UsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:March 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Note on Citations and TranslationsIntroductionPart I: Then1. ReligionThe Unity ThesisThe Morality ThesisToleration2. Education(Almost) Universal EducationLearning to Use One's Own ReasonEnlightened Universities3. EconomicsCommercial societyInternational Trade4. PoliticsNationalismRepublicanism5. International RelationsPeace through FederationPeace through LawPart II: Now6. ReligionThe "Resurgence" of ReligionSplitting the Difference7. EducationA Schooled WorldEducation for What?8. EconomicsGlobalizationPoverty within and between NationsFrom Civic Culture to Consumer Culture9. PoliticsProliferation of Sovereign StatesDemocritization10. International RelationsLeague of Nations, United Nations, Warring NationsThe Moral Pressure of Human RightsGlobal Jurisdiction versus National SovereigntyConclusionHistory TestHope after HorrorNotesBibliographyIndex