We are surrounded by examples, from the sublime to the murderous, that illustrate the importance in human life of the systems of belief we construct and take to heart. Michelangelo painted astonishing images on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, inspired by beliefs about man's relationship with God. Einstein constructed the Special Theory of Relativity, driven by the conviction that the laws of nature must be the same everywhere.
BOOK REVIEW: The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law, by Randy E. Barnett (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. 347 pp.)
BOOK REVIEW: Daniel C. Dennett, Freedom Evolves. (New York, Viking Press, 2003. 347 pp. $24.95.)
My theme is that, on the German intellectual landscape, Kant is as close to Enlightenment thinking as it gets. From the perspective of most of his followers and contemporaries, he is too contaminated by the Enlightenment. Because of his brilliance and fundamentality, Kant sets the framework for those who come after him. But his followers develop and extend what we take to be the worst elements of his philosophy.

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