Civil Rights/Human RightsInfluences on American Democracy
The Age of Enlightenment refers to the time period from the mid-1600s to about 1800 also known as the Age of Reason. During this time period, people began to place emphasis on reason and logic. People sought to reform society and advance knowledge by taking an intellectual look at the fields of science, politics, and social theories.Individualism, or the idea that each individual has value, deserves dignity, and is born with rights, looks to be the driving force behind the Age of Enlightenment.Rationalism, the idea that humans should find truth through reason and logic, was also prevalent during this time period.Age of Enlightenment
John LockeCharles-Louis MontesquieuJean-Jacques RousseauThomas HobbesVoltaireImportant People of the Enlightenment that Influenced American Democracy
Locke was an important political philosopher of the Enlightenment. He believed that a government was legitimate only if it had received the consent of the people it ruled.