A Light Too Bright: The Enlightenment Today: An Assessment of the Values of the European Enlightenment and a Search for New Foundations for Human Civilization

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SUNY Press, 1992 - Philosophy - 261 pages
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Questioning the very legitimacy of Western liberalism and the modern secular civilization it has given rise to, Dr. Gregorios critically examines the values of the European Enlightenment of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the corporate drive of European peoples by which they have dominated the external world. He shows that both Capitalism and Marxism, as well as Modern Science and Technology are creations of the same spirit, he argues.

The powerful light of Critical Rationality emitted by the European Enlightenment is like the light of the sun. It is bright and helpful for seeing this world in detail, but too bright to let us see the night sky and the vast expanses of the universe. This "light too bright" eclipses the Transcendent. Dr. Gregorios invites us to appropriate the other Enlightenment of the overall-religious-cultural outlook in a new way and to relate it to the valid insights of the European Enlightenment.
 

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Contents

Getting Oriented
1
Concepts to be Clarified
9
What is the European Enlightenment?
29
Adventure and Expansion
51
Hegel
71
KnowledgeIts Function and Foundation
85
Theory for Practice Or the Other Way Around?
97
Justice Human Rights and the State in European Civilization
105
Will They Go On Reinforcing Each Other Indefinitely?
131
Ten Questionable Assumptions of Enlightenment Rationality
147
The European Tradition Revisited
185
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Paulos Mar Gregorios, currently the Eastern Orthodox Bishop of Delhi, served as President of the World Council of Churches from 1983-1991. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Enlightenment East and West; The Joy of Freedom; The Freedom of Man; and Science for Sane Societies.

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