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The period known as the Enlightenment began in the 1690s. It was heavily influenced by the ideals, art, and literature of the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution. Yet, the Scientific Revolution was the single most important factor in the creation of the new world-view of the eighteenth century Enlightenment. This world-view grew of a rich mix of ideas which were diverse and often conflicting. Despite this diversity and conflict, three central concepts stand at the core of Enlightenment thinking. The most important and original idea of the Enlightenment was that the methods of natural science could and should be used to examine and understand all aspects of life. This was human reason. Not only was the scientific method crucial to the Enlightenment learning, literature and the revival of Classical Latin works from the Renaissance were necessary to express reason (Doc 1). A second important Enlightenment concept was that the scientific method was capable of discovering the laws of human society as well as those of nature (Doc 6). The social science was
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