Spark into Flame: The Age of Enlightenment


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Spark into Flame: The Age of Enlightenment
The Influence of Rousseau, Voltaire, and Montesquieu On the French Revolution
The Age of Enlightenment encompasses the 18th-century Europe, when an explosion of new beliefs erupted throughout the Western World. Moving away from dogmatic views and theocracy that had typified Christian views that shaped the continent, the philosophical foundations of the Enlightenment instead asserted an individual’s innate right for independence. Philosophers such as Immanuel Kant maintained a central view that is demonstrated by a quotation from his essay What is Enlightenment? (1784): “The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have...
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