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  • Paradigm Shift From Naturalism To Liberalism Naturalism
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    In 1755, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale occurred in Lisbon, Portugal, changing European history and philosophy. But how does one geologic event trigger a paradigm shift from naturalism to liberalism Naturalism is the philosophical movement that nature is the basis of reality that follows natural laws and can only is understood through scientific investigation. It denies the existence of the supernatural and affirms that cause-and-effect relationships are sufficient to explain a...
  • Schopenhauer's View Of Enlightenment
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    In the age of enlightenment, new and radical expressions and ideas emerged at the forefront of philosophy. Amongst German philosophers, the question of what enlightenment truly encompassed, was a major focal point. Two specific philosophers of this age are Immanuel Kant (during) and Arthur Schopenhauer (late), both have separate views on the subject of gained wisdom and intellect, the perfectability of human nature that comes along with being enlightened. Kant feels that enlightenment is "man's ...
  • Public Use Of One's Reason
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    What Is Enlightenment Immanuel Kant Enlightenment is man's release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man's inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sa pere aude! 1 "Have courage to use your own reason!" -that is the motto of enlightenment. Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a portion ...
  • Des Arts Et
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    During the eighteenth century, Europeans experienced the dawning of an age of knowledge, reasoning, and of great scientific achievements. Their views toward new discoveries and advancements were optimistic. People began to turn to science for a better understanding of their world and their society. Literature and essays were commonly used to express their hopes for further developments in society, politics, economy, and education. I. Individuals A. John Locke 1) Essay Concerning Human Understand...
  • Most Famous Early Enlightenment Writers
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    Reasoning Revolution The age of enlightenment took place in the 18th century and was thought by many of the period to be long overdue. Spurred by writers wishing to "awaken" the public from their stupor, it was an age of change. Enlightenment writers tackled subjects from inconsistencies in religion to the oppression of women in society. Utilized during the time were many aspects of writing. Inducing a feeling of fear or guilt within a reader and the use of satire was often combined to leave an ...
  • Philosophers As Voltaire
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    The age of Enlightenment can best be described as the trends in thoughts and expression in Europe during the 18th century. More than a set of fixed ideas, the enlightenment implied a method of thought, attitude, and a desire to question values and explore new ideas. In many respects, France was the homeland for many philosophers who had these tumult ideas. During the Enlightenment domain, such philosophers as Voltaire, Denis Diderot and Charles de Montesquieu fueled such attitudes by publishing ...
  • Two Shared Many Values
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    After the Middle Ages, peasants moved from rural areas to towns in search of increased freedom. They soon began to realize that things need not follow the traditions that dated back centuries, that they had a right to form their own ideas, own opinions, and own system of government despite their status. The two obstacles they faced were absolutist kings and dogmatic churches, yet despite these the central ideas flourished: individuality, freedom, self-sufficiency, and creativity. In this environ...

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