The Enlightenment Was A Time Period Of Philosophical, Economical, Social, And Political Movement

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The Enlightenment was a time period of philosophical, economical, social, and political movement in the 17th and 18th centuries. Many philosophes were associated during this time period, including: Montesquieu, Voltaire, and Diderot, along with many others. Montesquieu believed in an inclusion of the scientific method in social and political areas of the Natural Laws guiding social relationships. Voltaire believed in political and religious toleration, in contrast, Diderot doubted the importance of both government and the divine right a king had over his people. Not only was there a struggle between religious matters, but also economical relations; which and were tied to the French Revolution. Corruption in the monarchy, social rivalries between the Aristocracy and the bourgeoisie, along with the ineffectiveness of Louis XVI eventually influenced the outbreaks that led up to the Revolution. The Enlightenment caused and influenced the French Revolution economically, socially, politically, and culturally, along with the help of many French philosophers which broadened the mind of many individuals to think for themselves in a logical manner. The enlightenment influenced the French Revolution due to the economic ideas of Denis Diderot. One of his the greatest achievements and revolutionary items that played a part in the French Revolution was Diderot’s famous work, the Encyclopedia which was basically a book that opened the minds of the people in France and all across…

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