This new show focuses on a self-destructive woman (Laura Dern) who has a spiritual awakening after a meltdown. Determined to live a more enlightened existence, the former career executive's new lifestyle wreaks havoc both at home and at work.

Enlightened - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2011-10-10

Enlightened - Enlightened absolutism - Netflix

Enlightened absolutism refers to the conduct and policies of European absolute monarchs during the 18th and 19th centuries who were influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment.

Enlightened - Chinese Legalism - Netflix

Xuezhi Guo contrasts the Confucian ideal of a “humane ruler” (renjun) with the ideal of Chinese Legalists, who he says “intended to create a truly 'enlightened ruler' (mingjun) who is able to effectively rule the masses and control his bureaucracy”; this ruler would be a “skilful manipulator and successful politician who uses means or 'technique' in achieving self-protection and political control.” Guo quotes Benjamin I. Schwartz as describing the features of “a truly Legalist 'enlightened ruler'”:

He must be anything but an arbitrary despot if one means by a despot a tyrant who follows all his impulses, whims and passions. Once the systems which maintain the entire structure are in place, he must not interfere with their operation. He may use the entire system as a means to the achievement of his national and international ambitions, but to do so he must not disrupt it's impersonal workings. He must at all times be able to maintain an iron wall between his private life and public role. Concubines, friends, flatterers and charismatic saints must have no influence whatsoever on the course of policy, and he must never relax his suspicions of the motives of those who surround him.

Enlightened - References - Netflix