Enlightenment Thinkers

Enlightenment Thinkers

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  • John Locke
  • "What worries you, masters you."
  • Montesquieu
  • "To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them."
  • Voltaire
  • "Common sense is not so common."
  • United Kingdom 1632-1704 Locke said all our ideas are derived from experience and knowledge truly available is severely limited. Known as the origin for modern conceptions of identity.
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."
  • France 1689-1755 Brought about the idea of "separation of power". Made branches of equal but different government power.
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.
  • France 1694-1778 Voltaire felt that not everyone would believe in any single religion. Led to a focus in in the natural laws that were underlying in all religions.
  • Mary Somerville
  • “It is not always possible to come to an agreement before one goes to sleep but it is possible to go to sleep in a loving and peaceable manner knowing that the problem can be worked out in love at a later time.”
  • America 1743-1826 His election marked the first peaceful trade of power from one political party to another. Showed that power trades could be peaceful and efficient.
  • United Kingdom 1759-1797 Wished for women to have control over their own lives. Led to a questioning of the way men ruled and controlled power.
  • United Kingdom 1780-1872 One of only first to women to be the Royal Astronomical Society. Allowed women to see that they should not be held back just because of their gender.
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