Essay on Liberalism in French Revolution Through Enlightenment

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THE LIBERAL REVOLUTION -UNDER THE IDEA OF ENLIGHTENMENT
"Dare to know! Have courage to use your own reason!"-Kant

Contents ENLIGHTENMENT AS AN IDEA: 3 FRENCH SOCIETY: 3 THE LIBERAL REVOLUTION: 3 CRITICISM ON THE IDEA OF LIBERALISM: 4 CONCLUSION 5 BIBLIOGRAPHY 6

ENLIGHTENMENT AS AN IDEA: “Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed nonage… Sapere Aude! Dare to Know! Have the courage to use your own understanding is therefore the motto of the Enlightenment.” Immanuel Kant (Columbia.edu)
The eighteenth century Enlightenment proved to be a movement of the intellectuals who dared to prove all the aspects in life scientifically. These individuals were greatly affected by the scientific
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The French society was ripe for a revolution that would change the course of history. The intelligentsia of the French society was at the same time becoming enamored by the ideals of liberty and liberalism as defined by philosophers like Kant and Locke. (Kropotkin)
THE LIBERAL REVOLUTION:
Perhaps the first great success the revolutionaries achieved in The French revolution was the establishment of the National Assembly in 1789. Soon after the national assembly was established the King was immediately made a constitutional monarch and a few years after, both the King and the Queen were executed which started a wave of bloodshed.
The Assembly was established by the representatives of the Common people and was born out of the need of the common people for more rights. One of the first acts of the National Assembly was to pass the Declaration of the Rights of Man. The Declaration provided the rights of liberty to French Citizens.
The declaration defined liberty as:
“Liberty consists in the power to do anything that does not injure others; accordingly, the exercise of the rights of each man has no limits except those that secure the enjoyment of these same rights to the other members of society. These limits can be determined only by law.” (Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (August 1789))
The original strain of liberalism was not entirely evil and was concerned to

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