The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment


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The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, was a time when man began to use his reason to discover the world, casting off the superstition and fear of the medieval world. The effort to discover the natural laws which governed the universe led to scientific, political and social advances. Enlightenment thinkers examined the rational basis of all beliefs and in the process rejected the authority of church and state. Immanuel Kant expressed the motto of the Enlightenment well -- "Aude Sapere" (Dare to Think!).

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Enlightenment Primary Sources

Neoclassicism and the Enlightenment: Exhibit

The French Revolution

Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite Exhibit

The French Revolution Book Collection

The American Revolution

American Revolution Exhibit

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The European Enlightenment Richard Hooker Washington State University

The Enlightenment Fordham University - Internet Modern History Sourcebook - primary sources

Age of Reason and Enlightenment Robert L. Jefferson Sonoma State University

Scientific Revolution National History Day

The Galileo Project Rice University - a hypertext source of information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei ( and the science of his time.

Eighteenth Century Resources Rutgers University - links to other resources

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy