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Isaiah Thomas 5/23/17 History Ms.slade The enlightenment was an intellectual period that used natural science and reason to back up everything.The enlightenment was different from the renaissance because they used religion to help with the rise of art and in the enlightenment they used natural science and reasoning to justify everything. The three enlightenment thinkers being referenced in this essay are John locke,Baron de Montesquieu and Voltaire. John locke argued that people formed governments to protect their natural rights.Another enlightenment thinker was baron de montesquieu who thought that the best way to protect the government was to divide it into three different branches executive,legislative and judicial.The last enlightenment thinker was Francois-Marie Arouet who targeted corrupt government officials and also defended the freedom of speech. The main idea of the enlightenment was to protect people's freedom and natural rights.The evidence that backs up my claim is the John locke document.Which states “To maintain this
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