The 18th Century Enlightenment

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Upon analyzing the contemporaries of the 18th century enlightenment period, it is important to note that the idea of “change” caused unease and anxiety to settle in. The enlightenment was a European philosophical movement led by philosophers, Kant, Voltaire, Rousseau, Hobbes, and Locke. These thinkers began to question the way of life in the contemporary world and discussed the potential of “man”. Immanuel Kant hypothesized that man is immature and has yet to find his true potential. Questioning the simplicity and purpose of life frightened some, as a result, the enlightenment polarized society, some of which were anxious towards change, others were excited to seek the potential of the human mind. The philosophy prior to the enlightenment dates back to Plato and Aristotle 's philosophy of the way states should function, a reflection of the concepts of Guardians, Auxiliaries, and Producers. However, as time passed the simplicity of life became irrelevant, as the man began to realize his potential. Conflict arose as many were very loyal to the church and enlightened thinking was in direct conflict with the edicts of religious dogma. As the anxiety filled contemporaries were narrowed down to primarily those of the Christian faithful. This is why it is interesting to note that Immanuel Kant grew up in a religious Christian household. It took Immanuel Kant until he was 50 to become a professor. But once he became a professor his theorems were noted by the general…
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