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Influence of the Enlightenment

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This posting examines the influences of the philosophers and social commentators of the Enlightenment on modern thought and sensibility. It also explores the effects on the founding of the U.S.

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This posting offers ideas about the ramifications of the Enlightenment on modern thought and American history.

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First, various influences from the philosophers and social commentators of the Enlightenment impacted modern thought and sensibility. For example, they impacted the spirit of human activism. Please note how the political ideology of Enlightenment philosophers was characterized by a spirit of social reform in terms of Voltaire, Leibniz, Rousseau, etc. As a result, these beliefs encouraged democratic ideas to develop. These ideas further impacted the American Revolution, the ...

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