The thing about philosophies are whether or not they are applicable in modern times, and more often than not, it is. Kant is considered a central figure in modern philosophy for that same reason, the timelessness of his philosophies. Regarding his views on enlightenment, in today’s society, we highly require the professionals to help us to overcome our problems, and this way of life is truly based on putting our confidence in someone else, as mentioned before, by the simple idea of which we are simply too lazy, and the searching up everything like that, is much too tedious, and people question whether it is worth it. The perfect example of this is the technological advances that we have now, like computers, smartphones, etc. On these devices, we can get any information that we need at the click of a button, or the tap of a screen, and yet, we just believe whatever those professionals say, when we could just as easily, search it up for ourselves. What are people doing instead of searching these things up? social media like Facebook, and Twitter. While I do think that those things originally had the right idea (except for Twitter) of sharing things and lessening the gap between family and friends overseas, these things have been perverted and twisted into another way, in which people enable vulgar behaviour, sharing videos that are aggressive in nature, like street fighting videos, etc. I am straying away from the point here, but what I am saying is that we have all of this amazing technology and instead of using it in a productive way, which it was originally intended on being used for, and instead, using it purely for pleasure, and in doing so, setting us up to believe whatever the professionals say. The concept of knowledge cannot really be changed as knowledge itself cannot change and so that idea that it is based around the things that we experience, as well as our reasoning/way of processing the experience create our knowledge.
I completely agree with Kant’s beliefs on enlightenment because in society, there are professionals who specialize in many different aspects of daily life (for example: doctors, mechanics, carpenters, etc.), and whenever we require help, we go to these professionals. This way of life is based purely on trust which allows deception because it relies on the trustworthiness and the reliability of the person. This feeds off of the laziness of the person (which is arguably the general norm anyway) because since they do not want to do it for themselves, they are willing to pay money to these professionals in exchange for consultation or repairs. And once the person receives what they paid for, they do not know whether they have been told the truth, and had the work be done honestly and properly, or fed lies because they would only know what they are told, as well as what they see, and as we all know, our perception can trick us. For example, if someone said that they fixed the foundation in your house, you would have to believe them because its their job, so they must know what they are doing right? wrong, how can we really be sure that they did it properly and we did not get scammed, this is money after all, and when money is involved, people will scam each other without a second thought, and so the person could make it look like they fixed the place when in fact, they had not, just to get your hard-earned cash. And I also agree with Kant’s ideas about knowledge because knowledge is simply a concept which we draw on as reference whenever we think, and we create that concept based on processing what we experience physically, with our mind/reasoning. What this means is that we perceive something, and then we create an image, and after creating an image, we process the image, and we eliminate the insignificant things, in order to obtain what the main concept which we will draw upon later on when we think about it. For example, if one were to put their hand on a hot stove, they would burn their hand, which creates an image, or idea of the stove being hot and burning their hand, and then in their mind, it leaves a lasting impression on them not to touch hot objects, like the stove, or a fire, and whenever they see something hot, it becomes like common sense for them to not touch it. These two ideas relate because based on our experiences, we would say that what we know about professionals come from our experiences of them being an expert in their field, and the reasoning behind what we think of them makes us put our trust in them, like I said before, we perceive them fixing something, and that creates an image in our mind, which later on leaves an impression/concept, which is where we begin to see them as a professional.