Enlightment: The Age of Reasoning

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It was a logical continuation following on the heels of the Renaissance that saw a revival in the arts.

During the Enlightenment, knowledge was created through explorations both geographical and scientific, and subsequently dispersed via a print revolution. A virtuous cycle was formed when enhanced accessibility to knowledge raised literacy and greater literacy led to more innovations and discoveries. The religious and social zeitgeist faced challenges from this uprising of new ideas and mindsets, resulting in an incubation of a growing unease between enlightenment thinking and the concept of strictures and empires. Being men of reason, questions of morality of slavery and colonization surfaced, but they could not be answered satisfactorily.

Europeans, as a result of the Enlightenment, viewed the world through a less religious but more scientific lens, and viewed other cultures with greater empathy and understanding while they introspected on the justifications of their empires.

Dispersion of New and Scientific Discoveries that De-mystified Religion

Trade intensified throughout the seventeenth century, and the "narcotic cocktail" of tea, coffee and sugar surged in popularity. The first coffeehouse in London opened in 1652, with 500 more opening within 60 years. These…