Essay on The Age Of Enlightenment By Isaac Newton

2196 Words May 28th, 2016 9 Pages
What happens when a country’s commoner population is worn-out, hungry and overtaxed by their King? And the peasants and commoners outnumber your ruling classes three to one? When they organize themselves because they are just tired of being hungry and watching as their children starve to death? You can only push your subjects for so long before they plan a revolt. The French Revolution was brought on by many factors but mostly because the king was out of touch.
Beginning in the late 1600s Europe had been experiencing the Age of Enlightenment. Previous to that the people were in a type of “intellectual enslavement” believing only what they were told by the clergy and upper classes (Cobban, 1964). With The Enlightenment came a new found free-thinking and sense of the individual and individual happiness; people rose up against ideas that threatened this sense of individualism (Carr, 2016). Many famous books, paintings and theories came out of this period. “Isaac Newton published his “Principia Mathematica” (1686) and John Locke his “Essay Concerning Human Understanding” (1689)—two works that provided the scientific, mathematical and philosophical toolkit for the Enlightenment’s major advances” (history.com staff3, 2009). It is said that Locke’s work “two Treatises on Government” was actually an influential guide to Thomas Jefferson when he was drafting the American Constitution and the Declaration of Independence (Carr, 2016). The religious leaders started to question the…

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