We are starting to add definitions to words used in the text. We try to supply material that can be used in a variety of grade levels, though most of the curriculum and pedagogy in the education area is for college and universities. Some materials used to supplement what you find may be in another location. You navigate this page by using the black tool bars or black tool menus and the yellow back page buttons.When ever you see them it is ok to click on the link in the text. There will be text introductions over each link explaining what you should find in each location (note still in the process). They did not come to this page much in the past, because they didnt know how to use it.Between ‘enlightenment’ and ‘progressive enlightenment’ there is only an elusive difference, because illumination takes time – and feeds on itself, because enlightenment is self-confirming, its revelations ‘self-evident’, and because a retrograde, or reactionary, ‘dark enlightenment’ amounts almost to intrinsic contradiction.To become enlightened, in this historical sense, is to recognize, and then to pursue, a guiding light.
Basically, it’s what the ‘F’ word is for, at least in its progressive usage.The Dark Enlightenment – Part 1 The Dark Enlightenment – Part 2 The Dark Enlightenment – Part 3 The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4 The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4a The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4b The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4c The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4d The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4e The Dark Enlightenment – Part 4f(inal) Part 1: Neo-reactionaries head for the exit Enlightenment is not only a state, but an event, and a process.As the designation for an historical episode, concentrated in northern Europe during the 18th century, it is a leading candidate for the ‘true name’ of modernity, capturing its origin and essence (‘Renaissance’ and ‘Industrial Revolution’ are others).Click on black tool bar (first) and pictures (second) for more information in this section.This page is very, very, very long, so use the black tool bars to get to different parts of this one page.