Las Torres de Lucca. International Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol 3, No 4 (2014)

On Kant’s Conception of Enlightenment

Ileana Paola Beade


The paper analyzes Kant’s conception of Enlightenment, as it is presented in the 1784 essay An answer to the question: What is Enlightenment?, and considers the notion of enlightenment of the people, discussed by the philosopher in The contest of the Faculties (1798), by contrasting his position with that of other Enlightened authors. This analysis not only attempts to clarify the reformist premises implicit in Kant’s concept of Enlightenment but also intends to explain the specific role that he assigns to intellectuals in the progress of the Enlightened project.