What Is Enlightenment? Theories about Knowing Yourself Beneath Your Societal Identity, God and the Unseen Realm from Plato, Isaac Newton, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant

What Is Enlightenment? Theories about Knowing Yourself Beneath Your Societal Identity, God and the Unseen Realm from Plato, Isaac Newton, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant

by K. J. Cleveland

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"Answering the Question: What Is Enlightenment? is a short piece written by Immanuel Kant in 1784. It is a profound and candid explanation of the importance of being your own self, and thinking for yourself. He describes this as a state of enlightenment....
...Over 2,000 years ago Plato suggested that there was something special about each individual; that there was something magical that lay within each of us, something that gives us happiness, knowledge, and the key to the world. That magical something is our soul. He said that so many people are caught up in the world around them, that it is as if they are chained within a cave with reality being so distant and blurred that it can only be seen as shadows on a wall.
Throughout the years many other philosophers and physicists, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein, have repeatedly suggested the same thing. They say that to find peace, comfort, passion and happiness, people must look inside and get to know themselves, or their soul. And that within our selves lay limitless knowledge about what we cannot see or touch in the physical world.
Our soul exists somewhere that is beyond empirical reasoning. Many believe this is where God resides. Others simply call it the Other World.
This book examines these theories and suggests ways to help everyone turn away from just seeing shadows on a cave to seeing full reality; to seeing ourselves and our soul... " (From the Introduction).

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ISBN-13: 9781479392209
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/26/2012
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

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BryanDunaway More than 1 year ago
This book deals with themes taken from the wisdom of the ages and described in a new and refreshing light. It is a book that takes profound philosophy and helps bring to it a practicality that enables the average reader to look inside and see what is holding them back in life. The concept of "knowing yourself"--while as old as the Bible--is presented in fresh and challenging ways that stimulate, not just philosophical inquiry, but personal introspection. It is also evident that the author believes in God and there is no apology for that. But she is fully aware that affirming God's existence does not do away with all of the philosophical problems his existence presents. I like the fact that Cleveland inspires contemplation while not trying to fit everything in a neat, orderly box. Perhaps she stimulates thought more than she provides answers, but that is what all competent philosophers do. To know what questions to ask and how to promote independent thought is what a good teacher will do for her students, and Cleveland does that for us in this book. The author's basic premise that there is within us an identity--a person, a soul--that we do not meet and develop without time and effort is undeniably true. And you will feel that way as well when you consider her approach and her points. Everyone would benefit by reading the book.