Age of Enlightenment

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Criticism

Fundamentalism

Chris Hedges traces the belief in moral progress to the Enlightenment which he says has both positive and negative effects.

"those who could not be educated and reformed, radical Enlightenment thinkers began to argue, should be eliminated so they could no longer poison human society. [...] Reigns of terror are thus the bastard children of the Enlightenment.[1]"

He blames utopian schemes for colonial atrocities, as well as Nazi concentration camps and Soviet gulags.

References

  1. I Don't Believe in Atheists, 2008
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