The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment
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A summary of the Enlightenment or Age of Reason; finished.

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  • Equality... Rights...
  • After the Renaissance and Reformation, the discovery of ancient works led to philosophers wishing to use reason to learn more about the world.
  • That was the start of the Enlightenment, or Age of Reason.
  • Using Reason
  • People have the rights to life, liberty, and property.
  • John Locke
  • Some philosophers focused on humans rights and equality.
  • Voltaire
  • People deserve freedom of speech and worship.
  • Baron de Montesquieu
  • Other philosophers discussed government and politics.
  • An ideal government would have three separate branches!
  • Governments should protect the rights of the people.
  • Rousseau
  • Equality is...the government...
  • Women in France would host salons, where both men and women would discuss and exchange ideas.
  • I think that...
  • The Enlightenment ideas of equality, freedom, and education spread across Europe. The rulers who ruled using those Enlightenment ideas became known as enlightened despots.
  • I hereby abolish serfdom and authorize freedom of worship throughout my kingdom.
  • Joseph II of Austria
  • Enlightenment ideas also influenced future events, such as the American Revolution and Constitution.
  • "...that all men are created equal...certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Declaration of Independence
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