Many of the major French Enlightenment thinkers

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Many of the major French Enlightenment thinkers, or  philosophes , were born in the  years after the Glorious Revolution, so France’s Enlightenment came a bit later, in the  mid-1700s. The philosophes, though varying in style and area of particular concern,  generally emphasized the power of reason and sought to discover the natural laws  governing human society. The  Baron de Montesquieu  tackled politics by elaborating  upon Locke's work, solidifying concepts such as the  separation of power  by means of  divisions in government.  Voltaire  took a more caustic approach, choosing to incite  social and political change by means of satire and criticism. Although Voltaire’s satires  arguably sparked little in the way of concrete change, Voltaire nevertheless was adept at  exposing injustices and appealed to a wide range of readers. His short novel  Candide  is 
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