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Unformatted text preview: slate ( ‘ tabula rasa ’ ); all of our ideas are acquired by experience; knowledge is thus always open-ended and subject to revision. Locke’s views promoted Enlightenment faith in progress. Find the natural laws governing the human world, redesign institutions to take those laws into account, and society will run smoothly and well. Lockean ideas are reflected in the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution. The French philosophe Voltaire (1694–1778) promoted Newtonianism for what he saw as its positive philosophical and political implications: free inquiry, banishment of ‘superstition.’ Wrote Philosophical Letters (1734), Elements of Newton’s Philosophy (1738); worked closely with É milie du Châtelet (1706–49), who later translated Principia into French....
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course HISTORY 322D taught by Professor Hunt during the Fall '11 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Fall '11
- Scientific Revolution