The Enlightenment By Thomas Paine And John Locke

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Laura Bluhm
History 172
Michael Tafel
March 15 2017

Final Paper: The Enlightenment

The eighteenth century embraced the beginning of an opinionated movement for new thinking about once unquestioned truths and actions. This movement, known as the enlightenment was more than a period of advanced ideas, as this unfamiliar way of thinking also lead to a change in the way that people began to operate within society. The ambition was lead by the attempt to break free from the past, overturning old ideas and moving forward. Enlightenment thinkers helped in spreading the idea that individuals could find universal truths for themselves while improving society through reasoning and science. Enlightenment thinkers who emulate these spreading of
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“The lights that filled the universe could be channeled, dissected, magnified, and measured by human ingenuity” (enlight, 2). There was a significant breakthrough in regards to what could be done in continuing to explore new theories.
The American revolution began in 1776, in its wake, people started to question all forms of authority and the political barrier that kant had said should not be breached was mounted (3).
The movement toward the light contributed in complex ways to the late eighteenth century revolutions, their ideas led to independence from britain, leading eventually to the french occupation of the low countries The enlightenment was one factor in the birth of modern democratic and representative politics. (3). The political roots of the european enlightenment grew out of a profound revulsion against new political abuses that arose in the 1680s. Scientific and religious origins (15).Science presented new standards for arriving at the truth
Science allowed alternatives to be imagined in everything from politics to religion 16. Locke offered a new set of principles for the construction of a human. The new cultural movement toward the light also changed the nature of christian belief and worship , new more cerebral and liberal nature of christian belief and worship.
Immanuel Kant describes the enlightenment as a period of “daring to know,” that the Enlightenments effort was to illuminate the dark corners of the human mind. The Enlightenment
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