Recently, nina de jesus argued that libraries perpetuate systematic, institutionalized oppression by virtue of adhering to the democratic principles and values espoused during the Age of Enlightenment. Her argument can be summarized as follows:
Premise 1: Libraries embody and perpetuate the values of the Enlightenment.
Premise 2: The values of the Enlightenment are oppressive.
Conclusion: Libraries embody and perpetuate oppressive values.
On its face, this is a valid argument, which is just to say that if the premises are true then the conclusion must be true as well. Yet, validity is no substitute for soundness and we can rightly ask whether de jesus’ argument is, in fact, a sound one. Are her premises true?
This post will attempt to argue that de jesus’ argument is flawed in its second premise: hidden within the claim that the values of…
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