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Reason has no sell‐by date

Adam Gerber (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France)
Michel Godet (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 18 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to respond to Richard Slaughter's essay on “Is America the ‘land of the future’?”

Design/methodology/approach

The paper draws on a variety of literature and the authors' opinions to present the case in favour of Enlightenment values.

Findings

The paper finds that the USA is perhaps the most faithful political expression of the eighteenth century Enlightenment whose values have since been assimilated throughout the world. Enlightenment values are not beyond criticism, but that does not justify uninformed anti‐American attitudes.

Originality/value

The paper provides a counter‐balance to Slaughter's essay by arguing for a reasoned debate on the issues.

Keywords

Citation

Gerber, A. and Godet, M. (2008), "Reason has no sell‐by date", Foresight, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 28-30. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636680810908019

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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