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Contribution And Influence Of Voltaire

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The age of enlightenment and the influence it has played in the development of society is one of many layers. There have been many influential people who have directly contributed to the progression of our literatures and societal norms. One of the more outspoken and notable philosophers was French born Francois-Marie Arouet also known by his pen name of Voltaire. He was born in Paris in 1694 into to wealth. His father was a well-known lawyer and dignitary who had great notoriety and influence amongst the people he came in contact with. Voltaire made the decision early on that he was going to be a writer and use it as his platform to speak on the issues that he felt were not being correctly acknowledged. Volitaire’s father wanted…show more content…
He attacked the use of the military, as well as the reason of war in relation to religion. He believed that the world was designed by a higher power and if we all believed just that one detail, that religion would be better managed and cause less conflict in the world. He is an established writer, poet and advocate. He used satirical jabs to poke fun at the establishment and corrupt government as he referred to them. He was a respected scholar who had an immense knowledge and formal training. In the 18th century his way of teaching was not the norm, he was ahead of his time when it came to his ability to grasp the concepts of socialism and use them to be able to teach injustice and religion being used as a weapon to control the people. Voltaire’s goal was to get people to acknowledge and overcome the belief that God is all knowing; he wanted them to focus and realize what is actually going on in the world around them. He did not like the tradition of rationalism and hoped for people to empower themselves. During the enlightenment era, many people were opposed to being different, to standing out. Voltaire, on the other hand did not care. His main focus was the people, and making known the truth of things. He fought for civil rights; for the freedom of speech, as well as the right to a free trial. No matter how much Voltaire did not agree with what you were saying, he did not correct you or try to tell you that you were wrong because he
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