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How did Enlightenment Change The Way People Viewed Government



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What causes people to change their belief systems?
Answering these questions might help answer the question above. (: Why did the Scientific Revolution lead to a new way of thinking? How did the Enlightenment change peoples' views of government and society? What effect did the spread of Enlightenment ideas have on the arts and government?

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Gray Matter and Free Will.



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How did the Enlightenment change society and help bring about revolutions?
How did the enlightenment change society and helped bring about social and political revolution? Please mention absolutism and the attack on the concept for the aristocracy with the answer....

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The Enlightenment encouraged men to view their relationship with government in a new light. People like John Locke were arguing that government exists to protect the rights of the people, and if government failed to protect the rights of the people, the people could rightly replace the government. The Enlightenment made questioning the right of Absolute rulers possible, and it removed the concept of the ruler being divinely chosen to rule as a justification for their rule. The Enlightenment took the power to determine the government of an area out of the hands of the King and put it into the hands of the people, well, at least the people with the means to fight the King, such as the aristocracy and wealthy middle class. In short, it made the French Revolution possible.



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What effects did the enlightenment have on the human condition?
I need to write about how the enlightenment changed the human condition. HELP.

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I don't know if this will help much, but the enlightenment had many effects on current government and the constitution. Ideas like Natural Rights are in the Bill of Rights that were brought up by John Locke. Also Montisque brought up ideas like Seperation of Powers and checks & balances. Rousseau brought up ideas like General will. Voltaire was also an important enlightenment thinker that was all for Freedom of speech, one of his famous quotes is "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." That's about it, I don't know if this helped at all, but I'm learning about the Enlightenment right now in school and these are some influences I know about.. Also the Enlightenment changed peoples views on governent and caused them to question their leaders.




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