The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment

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  • The Enlightenment was sparked by scientists who used reason, along with experiments, to figure out how the universe worked. During the Enlightenment, political thinkers tried to use reason to improve government.
  • 1. He believed that people should choose who governs them. 2. He thought that every human being was born with 3 basic natural rights (life, liberty, & ownership of property) 3. He promoted freedom of the press, educational reform, and religious tolerance
  • Voltaire
  • John Locke
  • The next person we're going to be learning about is John Locke. Read the board for more information on him.
  • 1. He thought it was the role of the government to protect the "general will" of the people 2. He saw society as the corrupting influence on people
  • The following facts on the board are based on Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Baron De Montesquieu
  • He promoted separation of powers to maintain balance within the government (legislative, executive, and judicial)
  • He greatly admired the English System of Limited Government
  • 1. He championed the idea of Freedom Of Speech 2. He disliked the idea of the Roman Catholic Church 3. He opposed the government supporting one religion and forbidding others
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  • The Enlightenment played a big role in how the country moved forward
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