The Enlightenment Ideas Of David Hume And The French Revolution

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As Enlightenment ideas emerged during the age of enlightenment right after the scientific revolution, new ideas were spreading around society that made the people of society truly question what reality was and wasn’t. This new age of enlightenment also came along with the age of reason where people were looking for ways to prove what was true and discredit what wasn’t through scientific or logical reasoning. In the end, as David Hume would see it, the French revolution would have betrayed the enlightenment ideals of the government’s role with society and the basic human rights that everyone should have.
As the French revolution took place, the government depleted the country of its money and invested too much of their time within the citizens that Hume would believe that they were violating the basic enlightenment ideal of the way that the government should behave and run. Hume, who followed John Locke very closely, and only disagreed on ideas of religion, also followed Locke’s opinion on the government. Originally, Locke said that the government should be involved, but not too involved,
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The government played a vital role in the French revolution of opposing the big enlightenment ideals of David Hume that peasants should have unalienable rights his ideas of the way that the government should run. The government played the key role because they didn’t help the citizens when they needed help most, and made quick decisions without truly thinking about the possible outcomes. In the end through the way the government was practically useless to the French majority through the revolution, the downfall of the enlightenment ideals was really played out and it exposed the major flaws in the French government that ultimately shaped that French Monarchy, to a government that is now successful in France today in the eyes of David

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