How Did John Locke Contribute To The Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment was a time period in which people began to embrace individuality and many Enlightenment thinkers arose. The Enlightenment was a movement that was highly based upon reason and logic. It occurred around the mid-1700’s and helped develop a new way of life. John Locke was an influential thinker during this time. John Locke is a french philosopher and writer who developed Natural Rights. Natural rights consist of life, liberty, and property. He believed that people were naturally good and that they are not naturally evil. One of John Locke’s main beliefs is that as a people, you could overthrow your leader if they do not protect your natural rights. John Locke’s idea of Natural rights is still relevant today due to the fact that it impacted the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Due to Locke’s ideas being so impactful, he has become one of the most influential Enlightenment thinkers. Another thinker from the Enlightenment is Francois Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire. Voltaire was a french philosopher as well as an author. He believed in many freedoms such as: freedom of speech, freedom of…show more content…
This particular Enlightenment thinker had a certain take on government. Montesquieu admired the British government and believed that it was one of the best maintained countries of his time period. Though his interest with the British government, he developed the separation of powers. The separation of powers involved three branches of government: judicial, legislative, executive. The judicial branch was to interpret the laws, the legislative branch was to write the laws, and the executive branch was to enforce the laws. Montesquieu’s ideas on government were eventually adopted and highly included during the development of the American government. Since Montesquieu’s ideas influenced so much during his time period he became a very influential Enlightenment
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