Continental vs British Enlightenment - Deepstash

Continental vs British Enlightenment

Continental vs British Enlightenment

Continental vs British Enlightenment

2 interpretations of human progress inspired 2 broad branches of the Enlightenment:

  1. The Continental Enlightenment understood that problems are soluble but not that they are inevitable
  2. The British Enlightenment understood both equally.

The Continental type was impatient for the perfected state – which led to intellectual dogmatism, political violence & tyranny - The French Revolution & the Reign of Terror are the archetypal examples.

The British one, which was evolutionary & cognizant of human fallibility, was impatient for institutions that did not stifle gradual, continuing change.

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