The Smile of Reason

October 1 2013

Kenneth Clark, Civilisation, episode 10, BBC2, 1969.

Old post: The Light of Experience.

3 Responses to “The Smile of Reason”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    “In talking about the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, I said how great an advance of civilisation was achieved by respect for feminine qualities. And the same was true of eighteenth-century France. I think it absolutely essential to civilisation that the male and feminine principles be kept in balance. And I have observed that where at a party men and women hive off into separate groups the level of civilisation declines.”

  2. davidderrick Says:

    “[In theory, from the Enlightenment] up to the 1930s people [in western Europe] were supposed not to burn witches and other members of minority groups, or extract confessions by torture, or pervert the course of justice, or go to prison for speaking the truth, except of course during wars.”


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