The Scientific Revolution And Its Impact On The Formation Of The Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment is defined as, the European intellectual movement of the eighteenth century using the scientific method of the New Science. The scientific revolution is one of the most important influences in the formation of the Enlightenment. There are three central concepts at the core of enlightened thinking. They are that the methods of natural science could and should be used to examine and understand all aspects of life, which is reason. The scientific method was capable of discovering the laws of human society as well as those of nature. The creation of better societies and better people is possible through progress. These three concepts inspired Enlightenment thinkers to write and transform Western Europe from the age of absolutism to a period of revolution and liberalism. John Locke was inspired by a man names Isaac Newton. It was Newton’s scientific method that inspired Locke to branch out into a new field of study, the human mind. Locke published An Essay Concerning Human Understanding in 1690. This Essay was one of the earliest writings of the Enlightenment that argued the idea that Descartes’s belief that God planted innate ideas in the mind. Locke debated this saying that ideas arise only through experiences of the world around us, and that these experiences come through senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling. Another idea Locke’s Essay brought to attention was that since sense knowledge only comes from the physical world human being…

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