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Unformatted text preview: Salons- gatherings of the social, political, and cultural elite, who discussed their ideas Voltaire- helped popularized English ideas in France with his philosophical letters Montesquieu- he tried to describe the perfect government in The Spirit of the Laws Rousseau- in The Social Contract he wrote that people are born good but the environment, education, and laws corrupt them Enlightened Deposition- a system of government in which absolute monarchs ruled according to the principles of the Enlightenment...
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- Spring '08