The Enlightenment: Influences Of The Enlightenment

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Influence of the Enlightenment The Enlightenment started in Europe after the ideals from the Science Revolution and the increase of trade. The Enlightenment began during the 1700’s after several scientists proposed their experiments about the universe. All philosophers like, Voltaire believed in human reason and the idea of progress or improvements made in society. One of the famous philosophers from the Enlightenment was John Locke, who believed in the idea of our natural rights of life, liberty, and property. The idea of natural rights influenced all of Europe and it’s people which lead to revolution. Natural rights influenced many documents such as, The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution, and The Declaration of the Rights of Man. Natural rights by John Locke is the idea that humans are born with the right to life, liberty, and property. This idea inspired people to take a stand over the government and protect their basic liberties. It influenced people to have power to overthrow the government and start a revolution in order to gain equality. People from the Enlightenment heard about these ideas spreading and decided to change their way of thinking. John Locke was born in 1632 in Wrington, England and began his studies at Oxford at the age of …show more content…
This document was written to explain how everyone is born equal and how government needs to protect civil liberties. This document was written during the French Revolution because it was the only way to begin writing a constitution for France. The French Revolution was impacted by the Enlightenment ideals because the citizens didn’t have their inalienable rights guaranteed. This revolution had many goals to achieve and improve their corrupt government, but the revolution was a bloody mess and failed. This document impacted the freedom in France at the time and began the equality of everyone in

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