The Era Of Enlightenment's Impact On The New World

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The period of Enlightenment in the eighteenth century took place in Europe, France, Germany, and England. The era is divided into three parts “The Early Enlightenment:1685-1730, The High Enlightenment:1730-1780, and The Late Enlightenment and Beyond:1780-1815.” (“Enlightenment”) The period of Enlightenment would change the way people viewed the world around them in a way no other era before it had. In order to understand the era of Enlightenments impact on The New world it is imperative to understand what the Enlightenment era is, then look at Ancient Greek philosophers whose philosophy’s may have been the building blocks for reasoning, and then outline the major thinkers who helped to establish The United States of America.
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Some of the basic questions of the time where aimed at defining what is good and bad, why do things die and what is there after death, and what defines the consciousness. Aristotle (384-322 BCE) developed a process of reasoning with the goal of allowing people to learn everything in the world around them. This was done by first visual assessing the world. Then he “discusses how man might next obtain information about object through deduction and inference.” (“Aristotle Biography”) A conclusion about the world around you during the time period were based on an argument supported by observation. Reasoning according to Aristotle involved inclusive and exclusive relationships. He also described a concept of moral living were one must develop their own judgments even if it conflicts with their own values. Socrates (470-399 BCE) taught philosophy that would result in “greater well-being of society.” (“Socrates Biography”) Socrates developed an ethic system that was based on human reasoning. He believed people are motivated by happiness when making decisions. According to the Socrates Biography he taught that the stronger a person’s ability to reason is the greater the happiness. This resulted in Socrates believing that government would run best under an individual with great reasoning, knowledge, and

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