The Enlightenment Period : John Locke And Rousseau 's Separation Of Powers

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The Enlightenment period, a time when reason was used to find out truths about human beings, took place from 1650-1800, during the eighteenth century. This time in history brought theories about scientific revolution, brought new ways of thinking amongst the people, and human reasoning brought questions of beliefs and ideas amongst society. The Enlightenment was a shift in time, a time where equality was to take stand, where people would be influenced to break away from their miseries. John Locke 's natural rights, Voltaires religious tolerance, Montesquieu 's separation of powers, Wollstonecraft 's views on women 's rights, Newtons scientific theories, and Rousseau’s social contract were the biggest of influences during the Enlightenment period. John Locke’s natural rights influenced the people at the time, leading to the French Revolution. Natural rights was an ideal where people revolutionized because of limited rights, and thats when life, liberty, and property came to play, offering each estate equal freedom. The three documents supporting natural rights are the U.S. Constitution, Hidalgo 's Grito de Dolores, and the Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen. Natural rights arose during the Enlightenment period, allowing society to revolutionize for there freedom and political influences. The importance of this ideal was to establish secured inalienable rights. These God-given rights were something the people would be born with, allowing them to never be taken away.…

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