On Authority, David Brooks vs Immanuel Kant

David Brooks

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/opinion/brooks-the-jeremy-lin-problem.html?…

“The odds are that Lin will never figure it out because the two moral universes are not reconcilable. Our best teacher on these matters is Joseph Soloveitchik, the great Jewish theologian. In his essays “The Lonely Man of Faith” and “Majesty and Humility” he argues that people have two natures. First, there is “Adam the First,” the part of us that creates, discovers, competes and is involved in building the world. Then, there is “Adam the Second,” the spiritual individual who is awed and humbled by the universe as a spectator and a worshipper.”

Immanuel Kant

 

“Enlightenment is mankind’s exit from it’s self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to make use of one’s own understanding without the the guidance of another. Self-incurred is this inability if its cause lies not in the lack of understanding but rather in the lack of the resolution and the courage to use it without the guidance of another. Sapere aude! Have the courage to use your own understanding! is thus the motto of enlightenment.”

An Answer to the Question:What is Enlightenment

Immanuel Kant

Translated by James Schmidt

What is Enlightenment

Eighteenth-Century Answers and Twentieth-Century Questions

Edited by James Schmidt

University of California Press

 

 

 

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