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The Ancient versus the Moderns: Jonathan Swift’s Critique of the Enlightenment in Gulliver’s Travels


Angelina Stanford


We all know that Gulliver’s Travels is a satire of politics and pettiness—but we might not realize that its most potent and biting satire is of the Enlightenment. Jonathan Swift goes after all the progress and improvement of Modernity, exposing its errors and offering a solution that speaks to the heart of Classical Education.