Enlightened Philosophers


Enlightened Philosophers Essay, Research Paper

Enlightenment — -The Light Bulb of the 1700’s

Throughout history many people have changed society with their ideas and actions. Two philosophers whose ideas and actions changed

society are Voltaire and John Lock. Martin Luther and Galileo also changed society.

John Lock and Voltaire both fought for basic human rights. Voltaire fought for basic religious freedom. He claimed that if god created

the Catholic religion and god loves all people, then why does the Catholic religion have the right to torment other religions. As a result

of this, Voltaire was exiled. John Lock also fought for human rights. He thought that government should protect the people. John Locke

and Voltaire both spoke against a major power. Voltaire spoke against the church while Locke spoke against the government. Thus,

change began occurring in both the church and government. John Locke and Voltaire changed society, because now people were

beginning to challenge authority. John Locke influenced Thomas Jefferson because Thomas Jefferson believed in life, liberty, and the

pursuit of happiness.

Martin Luther and Galileo both disagreed with certain things that the church believed in. Martin Luther said that the only way to

atone for your sins were through prayer and…

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