The Declaration Of Independence : America 's Political Philosophy And Its Way Of Life Essay

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The Declaration of Independence is still a profoundly relevant document for our time, in the political philosophy it espouses, as well as it’s keen view of human nature and its examination of our desire for freedom and happiness. It is also a known document that binds our nation together as one for “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” I believe the Declaration of Independence still accurately reflects America’s political philosophy and its way of life as we see today. Because the Declaration of Independence can be seen as a product of the Enlightenment containing universal ideals that continues to resonate today. Secondly, by looking at how the timeless principles of the Declaration of Independence have come to include minorities, the poor, and women, in ways that, though not originally expressed directly, are the logical extension of it’s philosophy. Lastly, I will be talking about the Declaration’s place in the history of our nation and the manner in which it was reinvigorated as a founding document in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The Enlightenment was a primary influence on Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers. It was the culmination of a long process in Western Civilization, away from dominance of the Catholic Church, the idea of the divine right of Kings, and towards a worldview based more on science and rationality, on egalitarian principles, and the revolutionary idea that human beings have inalienable rights. “Concepts such as freedom from
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