Enlightment thinkers

Enlightment thinkers

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  • John Locke
  • Montesquieu
  • Voltaire
  • John Locke was born on August 29, 1632 and died October 28, 1704.  He lived in England and his ideas influenced the development of Epistemology, political philosophers, and  Enlightenment thinkers.  One of his quotes were " No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experiences."   John Locke redefined the nature of the US government.
  • Thomas Jefferson 
  • Montesquieu was born January 18, 1689 in France and died February 10, 1755.  On of Montesquieu's big ideas was dividing government power into three branches the "separation of powers."  One of his famous quotes were "To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above."  He impacted America because he made three branches of government that we use today.
  • Voltaire was born November 21, 1694 in France and died May 30, 1778.  One of his big ideas was the natural laws that were underlying in all religions. One of Voltaire's quotes was "If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him."  Voltaire impacted America by being a strong advocate of social reform while Rousseau was an advocate of equality within society.
  • Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743 in Monticello and died in July 4, 1826.  One of Thomas Jefferson's big ideas was the Louisiana purchase.  One of Thomas Jefferson's quotes was "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."  One of Jefferson's impact on America was the Louisiana purchase. 
  • Emilie du Châtelet was one such pioneering woman. She made use of her aristocratic background and connections with the upper echelons of society to involve herself in the philosophical debates of her day – and she used her sharp wit and mathematical aptitude to test the newest ideas in physics and convince her compatriots that Newton’s theory of gravity was right. 
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