The Early Modern Western Enlightenment

1551 Words May 8th, 2015 7 Pages
The Early Modern Western Enlightenment was an intellectual movement in the 17th and 18th centuries. The objective of the Enlightenment was to create authoritative ethics, and knowledge based on an “enlightened” rationality. The leaders’ that were part of this movement were directing the world towards progress and out of a long period of irrationality, superstition, and tyranny; which began during a historical period called the Dark Ages. Therefore, it provided a framework for the American and French Revolutions, as well as the rise of capitalism and the birth of socialism. Most of the ideas in the 18th century are common laws today; like freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the responsibilities of rulers to their people developed during this time. As well as a huge increase in scientific inquiry. The Western Europeans were seen as rational and political heroes. They were known as “true self” and the ones who were “untrue self” were the Villains, which included the Indios/Negros and were seen as irrational beings. I feel that stereotyping was unnecessary because no matter what color, man or woman they all had a significant role in the Enlightenment period. Women hunted and gathered just like men did, and on top of that they also gave birth. Obviously, it came to a period in time where women no longer needed to hunt and gather. A family could live off the farming of the man; as women fell into more homemaker roles. Also, women were highly educated who were artists,…
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