Lecture 006 - Enlightened Absolutism

Lecture 006 - Enlightened Absolutism - Enlightened...

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Enlightened Absolutism – September 29 th , 2008 Enlightened Challenges to European Political Structures Huge challenges between the Enlightenment and Religion Clashes between the “philosophes” and the Church Reason vs. Faith Philosophes quickly found that the Church were a problem in society. Church teachings would have to eradicated. Anti-clericalism was rather anti-institution rather than anti-religion. Enlightenment was not the cause of the revolutions to come, however the Enlightenment fuelled the desire for change or even that the Enlightenment shaped the changes that would come before and after the Revolution. Enlightenment made the revolutions possible by bringing to Europeans the belief that is was possible to change the world for the better. Europe in the 18 th century (ancien regime) had areas that moved progressively forward, while some places were rather backwards. Philosophes sought changes of all kinds to society. European thinkers looked at ways to change political structures (nature of the government and it’s
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