Optimism, Knowledge and the future of enlightenment

The future of the enlightenment

Radio National Tuesday 3 November 2015 8:05PM (view full episode)


In the 18th century enlightenment values transformed the way we thought about the world and our place in it but three hundred years later are those ideals of reason and rationality, knowledge and progress still relevant? Is it time to reshape and re-imagine our enlightenment inheritance? To consider these questions, three of Britain’s leading knowledge and cultural institutions, the British Museum, King’s College London and the RSA come together to explore the theme of optimism as a force for 21st century progress.

Highlights of Optimism, Knowledge and the future of enlightenment. London, 15th October 2015