How Did The Enlightenment Influence The Philosophes

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(1) “The movement known as the Enlightenment included writers living at different times in carious countries. Its early exponents, the philosophes, popularized the rationalism and scientific ideas of the 17th century. They exposed contemporary social and political abuses and argued that reform was necessary and possible.” (The Heritage of World Civilizations). This led to tremendous rethinking of religious and moral matters as well as scientific theory. (2)
(3) The Enlightenment involved a magnitude of things also many philosophes, the most influential of the philosophes was Voltaire. He was well known for addressing the evil in the life that Europeans and the French faced through his plays, stories, letters and essays. “Voltaire believed
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