The Enlightenment

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'Sapere aude' ('dare to know'), was Immanuel Kant's slogan for man's final coming of age. Britain Victorians dismissed this 'Age of Reason', as a time of shallow and mechanical thinkers over confident in the powers of abstract reason.1 Enlightenment to me is just another time in the world when people were tired of there governments ignorance and needed a new way of thinking. The enlightened thinkers were considered dreamers, who believed that critiquing politics and religion was going to lead to a utopian future. The 'Age of Reason', was not very popular and got many nonbelievers. The Romantics called it soulless, and the conservatives called it radical.

One of the biggest goals of the enlightened minds was to find the true science of man. Man in a sense was coming out of a state of immaturity and beginning to be skeptical about politics and religion. Men in this age dropped there religious duties and begin to take part in logical discussions.

They believed in empiricism which means that we only gain knowledge through experience. They turned against the idea that church and state should be a single headed government. They agreed to disagree in deciding which church should be ruler of them all. The church during all of this time was convinced that it was the only source of truth and that everyone that disagreed was condemned to hell. People began to question there faith and really this was the first time that logical thinking was implemented toward the importance of religion all together. People became resistant to there churches censorship and began to denounce there faith in it. The people of Europe where beginning to see through the lavish displays of aristocracy and became aware that the expensive taxes they were paying to support this were useless. People began...