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Unformatted text preview: Amelia Frey H IST 222 Candide Paper 9/24/07 Enlightenment Thought In Voltaires Candide Hypocrisy of religion. Questioning authority. Reform. Just laws for all . These ideas permeated the Enlightenment period of the late 18 th century . Like never before, people discussed new ideas for the reformation of a society under the eye of an ominous king . In France especially, the situation worsened exponentially towards the end of the century . Some of the most influential players during this period were the philosophes, of which Voltaire was a part of . The philosophes were writers and critics who advocated for reform, mostly through their work, during the later part of 18 th century. Voltaires Candide is a true manifestation of the tenets of Enlightenment thought, which can be seen through the many instances of hypocrisy and the overarching theme of the importance in questioning everything in the world around you ....
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