Sunday, October 01, 2006

Welcome to The Threat to Reason. I'll be posting here regularly from November 1st onwards. Until then I'll be in a library trying to finish the final draft of my book ... The Threat to Reason.

The book - and this blog - will look at the ways in which the ideas and prestige of the eighteenth century Enlightenment are used in contemporary political debate. In particular I want to show how attempts to define Enlightenment primarily as a conflict between reason and faith can function as a form of enchantment, and distract us from the work of understanding the world.