What was the Age of Enlightenment?
Age of Enlightenment
The Age of Enlightenment was a movement by intellectuals. It started somewhere between the beginning of the 1600s and the mid-1600s and went until around 1804. It was a time of philosophic reason, in which the prevailing thoughts of the times were always challenged. Nothing was taken at face value. It was promoted a lot by philosophers, since they wanted to interchange ideas with each other and they wanted to be skeptics and examine everything.
Scientific beliefs were also challenged at this time, because the Age of Enlightenment is closely linked with the scientific revolution, in which many scientific beliefs were overturned as new discoveries came about. Scientific method was also greatly promoted during this time period. It also influenced the U.S. Although it started in the end Europe, eventually the ideas of enlightenment made it over to the U.S.
It influenced leaders in the U.S. like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin and influenced the U.S.’s founding documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, as well as influencing documents over in Europe. Another term for the Age of Enlightenment is the Age of Reason, which really sums up what this time period was.
It was a time when people turned to reason instead of superstition and intellectuals wanted to challenge everything. However, the Age of Reason eventually gave way to Romanticism, which was an age of emotion. That’s how it ended at that time period.
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Last updated: 08/10/2018