The term “Enlightenment” for that era some two centuries back when men (as they thought then) were gaining knowledge and science was beginning to separate from religion, is metaphoric and powerful in ways that later period names, such as Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern, are not.  The term has a draw, as if we could never get enough of light, whether literal or of the mind.

I’ve been pondering the thought that the Enlightenment was light in the other sense of the base word: light as in not heavy.  It was not grounded, not weighted with all the reality of our bodily existence.  If thinkers place too high a value on observation and thinking, they too easily miss the other half of the Myers/Briggs quartet, the intuitive and feeling aspects of the human mind.

Has this issue been raised, outside of women’s studies programs?

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