How Did Voltaire Contribute To The Enlightenment

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Voltaire “It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.” (“Voltaire.”) Francois-Marie d’Arouet, better known as “Voltaire,” was a public activist and writer who contributed greatly to the development of the French cultural movement known as the Enlightenment. For a general idea, the Enlightenment Period was a time which started the push towards the French Revolution. Voltaire experienced life changing situations throughout his life. As Voltaire grew up, the things he experienced influenced his future writings because he wrote during the enlightenment period, he was exiled from France, and he grew up in a privileged family that could give him an education. Many would say that Voltaire was the most influential enlightenment writer from France. In many of his writings, Voltaire talks about the ideas of reason and clarity. And following these ideas, he became a prolific writer who wrote over fifty plays, dozens of treatises on science, politics, and philosophy, and several books on history. (Andrews) Throughout these works of his, he denigrated organized religion, because the Enlightenment was a time of religious and anti-religious innovation.…show more content…
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