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Universitas Philosophica

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BALLEN-RODRIGUEZ, Juan Sebastián. GOVERNMENT, ENLIGHTENMENT AND VIOLENCE: A PERSPECTIVE ON COLOMBIA'S “POLITICAL TRANSITION” FROM THE STANDPOINT OF A “TEMPERED” EMANCIPATORY PROJECT. Univ. philos. [online]. 2018, vol.35, n.71, pp.113-143. ISSN 0120-5323.  http://dx.doi.org/10.11144/javeriana.uph35-71.give.

One of the minor works that has been immortalized and remains amongst the most cited essays in the history of philosophy courses is the 1874 pub lication entitled: An Answer to the Question: “What is Enlightenment”? by the German philosopher Immanuel Kant. We propose a hermeneutics of the main topics and problems that Kant addresses in this fundamental text; in addition, we will connect its arguments with the thesis that will be supported in this work: namely, that modern philosophy is an exer cise of critical thinking that has implications on the educational views, as well as on the ethical and political bets that aim at finding solutions for a society that has been historically traversed by an armed conflict (as has been the case in Colombia), in a complex scenario where economic crises and asymmetric and fratricidal confrontations have been used, in conven tional and unconventional ways, to obtain political power.

Keywords : government; enlightenment; violence; political transition; Colombia.

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