Voltaire 's View Of The French Revolution Essay

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Candide is the story about a boy, who falls in love, ends up far from his lover, before finally reuniting with her, after various trials, losses and triumphs. But it’s a little more complicated than that: Candide is the story about a boy who rejects the thought process he’s always stood behind, rejects the opposite of said process, reunites with his family of sorts, and establishes a new school of thought. Voltaire’s Candide is a satirical work, criticizing both the optimistic and pessimistic train of thought. In the work, Voltaire touches upon Enlightenment ideas, which in turn, helped lead to the outbreak of the French Revolution. Voltaire’s Candide reflects certain Enlightenment ideas, while rejecting various trains of thought, ultimately leading to the spread of the French Revolution. Deism is an Enlightenment idea that was supported by Voltaire, and other Enlightenment thinkers. Because the Enlightenment followed the Scientific Revolution, scientific inquiry impacted the philosophical view of religion, meaning that science made philosophers no longer believe that God was necessary to keep the world running. Deism was established with that in mind, and is the belief that God was a more of a clockmaker, rather than a being who strictly intervened in human activity. God set the world in motion, established laws of nature, then let humans to progress and discover knowledge organically (Merriman, 317). Because in this view of religion God lets the world run by itself, it’s…

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