French Revolution Vs. Immanuel Kant

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DWC 201, Dr. Moffett Allison Lancaster Essay #1 French Revolution vs. Immanuel Kant In 1614, France’s Population changed dramatically. The citizens were placed in three classes of rank in society. These classes consisted of the Nobels, who were born of royal blood, the Aristocrats, who were independently wealthy, and then the rest of the population who were less fortunate in life. These non-aristocratic members made up 98 percent of the Third Estate, but even so, could still be outvoted by the Nobels and Aristocrats. After being silenced for so long by the higher classes on matters of state, the lower class began to read and foster ideas about the Enlightenment. Armed with such knowledge, members of the lower class began question why they were forced to live without say in their government. At this point, the Third Estate began to mobilize support for equal representation and rally for the abolishment of the noble veto. The majority class felt that voting by head count instead of by class would allow them more control in the Aristocracy. While all of the classes shared a common desire for reform in the judicial and fiscal system, the nobles in particular were unwilling to give up their privileges and authority they held under the traditional system. Immanuel Kant, a staunch supporter of enlightenment, obligation to society and autonomy in government, waxed philosophically during the French Revolution. Due to Kant’s belief in the public use of reason and priority

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