Unenlightened Enlightenment Thought

ahume00001p1David Hume (1711-1776) exercised a great influence on the formation of the modern mind. However, his “enlightened” views that were part of the Enlightenment had dark consequences. He paved the way for the present moral relativism with his idea that man is more a creature of sensitive and practical sentiment than of reason.

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The Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist famously wrote, “Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.”

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