The African Enlightenment

The highest ideals of Locke, Hume, and Kant were first proposed more than a century earlier by an Ethiopian in a cave

In Lalibela, in northern Ethiopia, the location of Zera Yacob’s cave. Photo: Lost Horizon Images/Getty Images

By Dag Herbjørnsrud

The ideals of the Enlightenment are the basis of our democracies and universities in the 21st century: belief in reason, science, skepticism, secularism, and equality. In fact, no…

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