The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment

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  • The enlightenment Seen as an intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries It sought to apply “reason” to the human condition so they could better understand and improve conditions.
  • Great political philosopher of the Enlightenment. He was influenced by the Glorious Revolution.He saw the state of nature as a good place and the social contract as a voluntary agreement to enhance life.
  • John Locke
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Had a similar belief on the state of nature but differed on the role of government. He saw society as the corrupting influence on peopleHe felt it was the role of government to protect the “general will” of the people.
  • Greatest contribution came in government organization by promoting the ideas of separation of powers and checks and balances.Created the 3 branches.
  • Baron de Montesquien
  • Voltaire
  • Voltaire born in middle-class family, wrote many novels, plays, letters, and essays that brought him fame and wealth. He became known for his strong dislike of the Roman Catholic Church. He blamed Church leaders for keeping knowledge from people in order to maintain the Church’s power.
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