Libertine Values in the 18th Century

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The succession of libertine values in the 18th century was in largely a result of the Puritan Movement in the late 17th century, which brought in a trend of individualistic models for social engagement (Willey 10). Furthermore this religious instability generated a new vein of philosophical thinkers and revitalized the need for independent growth. During this time we see the introduction of several key writers that provide a timestamp of the effects of libertine and individualistic values on the 18th century including Wycherley, Locke, Rochester, Pope, and Pepys. Each writer provides a slightly different take on the changes that occurred during this time period and by piecing together common elements of each, a unified impression of the individual begins form. When the picture of the individual is shaped, perspectives into the commonly held beliefs and criticisms begin to surface, which foster a glimpse into 18th century life. One particular area of interest is how individuals in this time period viewed the environment as new moral values began to take hold and the individual became less concerned about the population (Willey 10). Individuals in the 18th century held the environment to a higher degree of importance as is evident in the works of a number of writers and their focus on the individual, religion and morality, and nature. To begin, consider the account of the individual in the 17th in a time when a predominantly catholic regime saturated the developed societies in

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