The Enlightenment: The Significant Legacy Of The Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment was an era from the 1650 's to the 1780 's where reason, analysis and individualism was highly emphasised, opposed to the traditional lines of authority, it challenged the authorities and institutions that formed society at the time. The purpose of the Enlightenment was to dispute traditional ideas on faith and to improve society using scientific and philosophical thinking and knowledge. During the time of the Enlightenment, people were highly influenced by the work of philosophers such as; Descartes, Locke, Hume and Kant. Cited by Porter (2000), according to Kant "mankind 's final coming of age" was the Enlightenment. According to the Enlightenment, science and reason bases our understanding of things and we find things out …show more content…
Democracy is a part of government where the people of the society obtain power and use that power through voting and electing a leader which they would like to be in charge, opposed to the government choosing and the citizens having no choice. Democracy was influenced massively by the theories and principles of the Enlightenment. Due to the Enlightenment, both the ruler and the citizen has rights and responsibilities, the citizen has the right to vote, and the leader has the right to offer and fulfil what they offer their citizens. This means that the society which we live in today is ran in more of a way which we would prefer, opposed to being ran in a way which the citizens are completely against. Which shows that education and educational policies are closely linked to how we want it ran, therefore our learning experience is a lot more effective and has more of a genuine impact on us. The Enlightenment has given us natural rights, rights that do not come from law or governments, rights that we can use to make society a better place. Locke believe that the laws and policies which are put in place should provide the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Due to the society we live in today being affected by the Enlightenment and being a democratic society, people have the freedom to think and vote, which means that the beliefs of Locke is apparent …show more content…
Although there is still inequalities in education, it is still a lot less than what it was like before the Enlightenment. Education for everyone was a logical implication of the Enlightenment but inequalities persist. The Enlightenment began to offer equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender or background. Before the period of the Enlightenment, women were governed by men and their day-to-day routine consisted of general house-keeping tasks such as cooking, cleaning and childrearing. If allowed any education, which was not likely, the woman would have to take up subjects such as textiles, cooking or subjects which involve children. Women were expected to live their lives in accordance with their husbands and had no say or right to education. According to Whitehead (1999), until the twentieth century, kings, scholars and warriors, all of which were men, populated the historical landscape, with very little from women. There were very little stories, writings, teaching and historical events which were written by women. During the period of the Enlightenment, women began to take advantage of new intellectual trends and they had more of a public voice. Female authors began to emerge during this period and there were first signs of feminism through the

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