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18th Century Enlightenment: The good and the bad

Here is a list for my sources on the 18th Century Enlightenment.

John Locke - Two Treatises on Government (1680-1690)

This is the book by John Locke is a document staple in the 18th Century Enlightenment, and inspired some writers - such as Thomas Jefferson and Voltaire - to write books or critical government documents. I believe this source to be one of the backbones of my paper, and much needed to analyze the attitude of the people of the Era on Government.


Candide: or Optimism by Voltaire

Candide: or Optimism by Voltaire

Voltaire in this book, hits on topics such as: religion, theologians, governments, armies, and philosophies. This is a another great work by Voltaire that shows the attitude of the time was very critical of government and other entities.

The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In the Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau examines monarchs and their power to rule. Rousseau theorizes about the political community and the direction it should take to best fit the people of the state. This one of the documents that helped spark revolutions such as the French Revolution and the American Revolution.

The Influence of John Locke's Works

Hans Aarsleff remarks that Locke ‘is the
most influential philosopher of modern times.’ He notes that
besides initiating the vigorous tradition known as British empiricism,
Locke's influence reached far beyond the limits of the
traditional discipline of philosophy. ‘His influence in the
history of thought, on the way we think about ourselves and our
relation to the world we live in, to God, nature and society, has been
immense’ (Aarsleff, 1994, 252) Locke may well have influenced
such diverse eighteenth century figures as Swift, Johnson, Sterne,
Voltaire, Priestly and Jefferson.

The Triumph of Science and the Heavenly City of the 18th Century Philosophe

This article compares how philosophers changed their thinking throughout the time up until the 18th century Enlightenment. It talks about their the start of the Enlightenment and the people who made it possible. It describes many aspects of the Enlightenment and analyzes them. I find this a good resource to refer back to analyze primary sources.

World Observer - The 18th-Century Enlightenment & Our Modern Age

The 18th-century Enlightenment forms the basis of World Observer's approach to understanding America's founding, what the nation was meant to be & how to use the Enlightenment's methods to help change today's world with rational & reasoned activism.