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Emily Peña April 19, 2016 The Enlightenment and Revolutions “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death,” – wise words, from a wise man, John F. Kennedy. Quite the idealist, Kennedy was absolutely right in his analyzation of the power of ideas. There is a transcendence that is highly evident and truly irreplicable within these intangible ideas. Ideas like those that came about during the age of Enlightenment that transcended time and were eventually the foundation for what we now refer to as the American and French Revolutions. The philosophies of the likes of Montesquieu, Locke, Newton, Rousseau, Voltaire, and Plato were highly influential in the progression of the French Revolution, as well as in the American Revolution. The Age of Enlightenment was a crucial part of history considering that many of the scientific beliefs, political policies, and philosophical beliefs were the foundation for the knowledge still referred to in present day. The very concept of democracy that is the United States government and its system of checks and balances are based on one of Locke’s major works, Two Treatises in Government.

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