The Age Of Enlightenment And The Scientific Revolution

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Over the years, the society and the world evolved giving rise to the establishment of new social norms and scientific advances. Although the industrial revolution and the scientific revolution represented a giant leap forward in human development, the Age of Enlightenment delivered the greatest influence for the future American society and planted the way for cultural and humanistic enrichment. The Age of the Enlightenment raised new concepts in education, democracy, and human freedom. The new humanistic philosophy promoted the polish of the human intelligence and made education a longing that lasted in the following centuries. Names like John Locke, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, and many more, contributed with their ideas about reasoning, religious tolerance, and human equality to the formation of human beings with a wide intellectual capacity that would participate in the future democratic processes in a rational and responsibly manner.
At the end of the seventeenth century a movement that renewed the education, philosophy, and scientific research swept through Europe. The new movement was called “The Enlightenment”. The writers of this period were convinced that they emerged from centuries of darkness and ignorance into a new age enlightened by reason, science and respect for humanity. The most important figures of this movement were the social reformers who with their contributions changed the course of history and served as inspiration for many of the…
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