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Unit 6 Lesson 1

The Age of Enlightenment: Eighteenth Century Thought

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Isaac Newton (1642-1727); physicist, questioned traditional thought for a more scientific one.
John Locke (1632-1704); psychologist; wrote "An Essay COncerning Human Understanding"
"An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" (1690) personality results from life experiences, which in turn shapes character; humans can take charge of their own destiny
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Samuel Johnson (1709-1784); writer, publisher, essayist
philosophes the eighteenth century writers and critics who forged the new attitudes favorable to change
Voltaire (1694-1778)Francois-Marie Arouet;poet and playwrite; exiled to England; "Letters on the English"; "Elements of the Pilosophy of Newton";
Madame de Chatlet (1706-1749) mathematician, helped write "Elemnts of the Philosphy of Newton"; Voltaire's mistress
"Letters on the English" indirectly criticized French government by comparing it to the English liberties.
Deism belief in the existence of a God on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation
"Christianity Not Mysterious" (1692); John Toland; early diest publication;
Gotthold Lessing (1729-1781); "Nathan the Wise"
David Hume (1711-1776); "Inquiry into Human Nature" (1748); "Philosphical Dctionary"(1764);
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