Enlightenment Philosophers
Updated: 3/2/2021
Enlightenment Philosophers

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  • Thomas Hobbes
  • People are evil and too selfish to govern. We need an absolute monarchy.
  • God chose us to be rulers of this government.
  • John Locke
  • No, He didn't, but your job is to protect our natural rights.
  • MontesquieuSeparation of powers provided checks and balances to ensure fairness and equality.
  • Born in 1712
  • The Social Contract
  • People would give up some of their freedoms in exchange for protection of their remaining rights.
  • JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU
  • Voltaire
  • Women should be allowed in government.
  • Girls should be able to go to school.
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Vindication on the Rights of Woman