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Humanities Memo on The Age of Enlightenment The Age of the Enlightenment was a time of great change and prosperity throughout the world. Starting in Europe, it quickly spread to other parts of the world. With marvelous thinkers and educated intellectuals, the Enlightenment was a time of advancement in many areas such as science, literature and politics. If it was not for the Enlightenment and those who made contributions to it, the world would not be as it is today. The great success of the Enlightenment was due to the widespread shift in the attitudes of Europeans. As a time of great optimism, “Europeans envisioned themselves as the most civilized people in history.” This new-found confidence and drive to explore areas that have not been touched before led the Enlightenment to be very prosperous and efficacious. Seemingly starting with Halley’s work with the comet, the optimistic attitude toward life and gaining knowledge just exploded. It did not stop there. Locke and Hobbes developed their own theories on how government should be conducted. These methods proposed by Locke and Hobbes were so influential that Thomas Jefferson included them in the United States Constitution. Although the ideas of Locke and Hobbes differed, they both saw a need for change. Locke did not approve of Hobbes’ idea that “humankind [is] self-serving and aggressive,” but he saw it as humans are shaped by their environment and that they have
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course HUMANITIES 111 taught by Professor Blume during the Spring '08 term at Union.

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