Enlightenment Thinkers In The 18th Century

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As Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis once said, “The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness” (Brainyquote). Throughout the Enlightenment, society was changed for the better and new ways of thinking encouraged geniuses to come up with revolutionary ideas and also make public, their opinions on some of the most notable topics of the time like politics and science. Enlightenment thinkers like John Locke, Voltaire, Thomas Hobbes, Baron de Montesquieu, Jean Jacques Rousseau, and Mary Wollstonecraft all used divergent thinking to influence rulers to come on a variety of topics ranging from women education to treatment of criminals. Their theories and individualized opinions have never ceased to impact the way rulers after them ran their nations. European rulers such as Catherine the Great of Russia,…show more content…
As empress of Russia, Catherine II who was very educated, made many reforms in favor of the views that Enlightenment thinkers had in mind throughout the course of their lifetimes. Catherine's proposal, "The Instruction," was widely spread in Europe and caused an uproar being that it called for a legal system far in advance of the times. It
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