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Enlightenment- A philosophical movement which occurred in the 18 th century that began the belief that one could change society by discovering rational laws that governed social behavior. This brought up change across the board in Europe. Not only were there changes in law and government, but religion, agricultural methods and social hierarchy was all challenged and changed during the time of Enlightenment in Europe. The Enlightenment was the product of actually a small amount of philosophers and these philosophers were faced with harsh opposition by conservatives and many of them spent brief stints in jail as well as having their books banned. This was similar to the creators of the Scientific Revolution. The views that accompanied Enlightenment thinking was not first accepting due to two reasons. The bloodshed of the Catholic Reformation caused many people not to trust the ideas being presented by the philosophers. Also the news of the New World and its savage people made many people question if everyone was equal and forced them to
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course HST 198 taught by Professor Fahey during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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