The irish enlightenment opened up the possibility of a tolerant society but it was short lived divisions concerning methodological commitments to empiricism and rationalism resulted in an increasingly antagonistic conflict over questions of religious inclusion. Though often overlooked in discussions of the enlightenment ireland was a vibrant centre for intellectuals of many stripes jonathan swift edmund burke george berkeley and many others made lasting contributions to literature philosophy politics and science how did the turbulent political . The irish enlightenment by michael brown review a controversial study an engaging take on irish thought challenges the stereotype that as a people we were too keen on imagination and averse . In 2005 the cambridge intellectual historian john robertson published a very original contribution to the scholarly debate about the enlightenment in one respect the case for the enlightenment scotland and naples 1680 1760 was the reverse of original because it aspired to move the debate about the
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