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354 pages, Paperback
First published October 4, 2004
‘Language or ritual causing or intended to cause confusion or bewilderment’ – Oxford English Dictionary
‘Words or activities that seem complicated or mysterious but have no real meaning’ – Cambridge Dictionary
‘If you describe ideas or words, especially religious or technical ones, as mumbo jumbo, you mean that they are nonsense’ – Collins English Dictionary
Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without direction from another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolve and courage to use it without another’s guidance. Sapre aude! Dare to know! That is the motto of enlightenment.
”While admitting that ‘actual personalities, institutions and beliefs do not fit into neat logical categories’, he [i.e. Huntington] nevertheless insisted that ‘neat logical categories are necessary if a man is to think profitably about the real world in which he lives and to derive from it lessons for broader application and use.’ Without abstraction, generalisation and simplification there could be no understanding.”