Voltaire 's View Of Religion Essay

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Voltaire’s Candide Through the 17th and 18th centuries, a European intellectual movement started where developments in art, philosophy, and politics took off. The Enlightenment, as it was called, revolutionized the intellectual and political ways of thinking in Europe. From the movement, came out many men such as: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Baron de Montesquieu, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot and others who contributed greatly during this time of the enlightened. François-Marie Arouet, more famously known as Voltaire is one of the most well known enlightenment thinkers. He was neither interested in music like Rousseau or in art like Diderot but rather language and writing. His most successful works include: the tragic plays Zaire, Mahomet, and Nanïne as well as the poems, The Henriade and The Maid of Orleans among many others. However, the focus will be on his most notorious and satirical novel, Candide, which was released in the year of 1759. In this controversial novel, Voltaire depicts his views of religion, social order, man’s inhumanity to man, war, and the Idea of Progress. First thing, an Enlightenment thinker is one that contributes new ideas towards politics, philosophy, art, epistemology, industry, and science. These new ideas and philosophical theories attempted to answer questions of the discoveries made in the past and challenge the church’s teachings about the universe and man’s place in it. Enlightenment ideas helped establish the people’s sense of…

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