Essay about Natural Views On Natural Rights

1154 Words Nov 17th, 2015 5 Pages
Natural Rights The Enlightenment was a time period between 1650 and 1800 in Europe where people began to use logic rather than rely on the church or a king. People began to question religious beliefs and become more tolerant of new ideas. Philosophes such as Baron de Montesquieu, John Locke, Cesare Beccaria and many more introduce revolutionary new ideals that still affect our society today. Natural rights influenced the people and led them to revolution. Among the many Enlightenment ideals, natural rights did and still does hold the most importance. As shown in the Declaration of Independence, the Declaration of the Rights of Man, the Constitution and many more documents, Natural rights are the basis of our society and our identity as American citizens. Natural rights was a concept that the Western philosopher John Locke created. The oppression and tyranny during the time inspired him to find a way to protect his liberty as an American citizen. With the era of repression, rebellion, and Civil War in England there was plenty of things for him to fight for. He expressed the revolutionary idea that their government was morally obliged to serve people by protecting their three major God given rights; life, liberty, and property. In this quote he states the three cardinal rights and their importance to man, “All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.” He also made it clear that when the…

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