The enlightenment philosophers

The Enlightenment

  • John Locke

    John Locke
    John Locke was a man who believed that all knowledge comes from experience. He is known for many pieces that have influenced many other pieces of literature and the way our country is working today. He impacted our government with his theory of self government which inspired both the french and American revolution. His writings influenced society as they created the structure for the government and socialism.
  • John Locke

    John Locke
    John Locke inspired many people and other pieces of literature including Thomas Jefferson and his famous piece "The Declaration of Independence", and Philadelphia Convention and his piece "The United States Constitution".
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    John Locke

    John Locke was born August 29, 1632 in Wrington Somerset, England. He was born to his mother Agnes Keene and his father who was also named John Locke. He lived in Wrington for a while, but later moved to Belluton. John went on to study, his three main interests in school were, political, scientific, and epistemological. John Locke passed away October 28, 1704 in Essex, England. John Locke has inspired many people and has helped us make our world the way it is today.
  • john Locke's writings

    john Locke's writings
    John Locke is known to be one of the most inspirational people of his time. He has inspired many people with his many different works of literature. Some of his pieces were the Human Understanding Essay, the Fundamental Constitution of Carolina, and the Two Treatises of Government. The Human understanding essay was written in 1689 but dated in 1690. It covers the understanding of human knowledge and explains how everyone learns from experience, which was one of Locke's many beliefs.
  • John Locke's Writings

    John Locke's Writings
    John Locke also wrote the Fundamental Constitution of Carolina which explains his idea of government and freedom. The Fundamental Constitution of Carolina was written March 1, 1669. One of Locke's best known pieces of literature is the Two treatises of Government. The Two treatises of Government covers John Locke's ideas for a more a more civilized society based on natural rights and more input for the people.
  • Two Treatises on Government

    Two Treatises on Government
    It is influential because it made people want more control and more of a voice for what was going on in their country. People wanted more of an input for the choices being made in the country and not just leave it up to the people with power. It influenced the U.S constitution by explaining the need for government in the country.
  • Montesquieu

    Montesquieu had an idea of government, He thought that three branches of government that had checks and balances would help even out the government and keep each company in control so one company wouldn't get too much power. He impacted the government with his idea for the checks and balances and the three branches. The three branches known as executive, legislative and judicial.
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    Montesquieu was born to the name Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu. He was born January 18, 1689 in Bordeaux, France to his father Jacques de Secondat, and his mother Marie Françoise de Pesnel. He lost his mom at the age of seven. Growing up Montesquieu was raised around peasants in village of La Brède. He went on to study and make history with his famous piece "The Spirit of Laws" and "Lettres Persans". Montesquiei later passed away on February 10, 1755 in Paris, France.
  • Adam Smith

    Adam Smith
    Adam Smith was a man with an idea that workers wages should rise so that they could become consumers, this would then create demand for companies. His idea was that the nation would gain wealth if they allowed free economic competitions for the citizens. He impacted the government with his creation of the ideology of capitalism which helped start the industrial revolution.
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    Adam Smith

    No one really knows Adam Smith's birth date, but we do know that his history record started June 5, 1723. He was son of lawyer and civil servant who was also named Adam Smith. It is said that John was upducted by gypsies when he was four but later rescued. Smith's father passed a two months after he was born. but Smith was always close to his mother. His mother always encouraged him to study and become what he wants in life. Smith accomplished many things before he passed away on July 17, 1790.
  • Montesquieu's Writings

    Montesquieu's Writings
    Montesquieu is the author of "The spirit of Laws" and "Persian Letters" or also known as "lettres persans". The spirit of Laws argued that the type of government varied depending on the circumstances. Persian Letters is an experience that two Persian noblemen Usbek and Rica traveling through France.
  • Mary Wollstonecraft

    Mary Wollstonecraft
    Mary Wollstonecraft believed that women should be able to have equal rights to men, and that women should be able to get the same education as men. She impacted society by taking the first step to equality for women and setting a start for women to be able to be able to learn the same education as men.
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    Mary Wollstonecraft

    Mary was born on April 27, 1759 in London, United Kingdom. She was raised by her abusive father. She left home at an early age and decided to dedicate herself in her writing work. She published her famous piece "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" and later on had a daughter, She later passed away on September 10, 1797, 10 days after she gave birth to her second daughter.
  • The Social Contract

    The Social Contract
    This piece is influential because it gives people a new propective on government and the things the government does. This influenced people to set up democracy and checks and balances.
  • Adam Smith "The Wealth of Nations"

    Adam Smith "The Wealth of Nations"
    Adam Smith is the author of the famous piece The Wealth of Nations. The Wealth of Nations was written March 9,1776. It covers the topic of political economy, This piece is considered to be the first modern work for the topic of economics.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    John Locke wrote about the Social contract theory which inspired Thomas Jefferson and gave him ideas about "life, liberty and property" which he thought would build a better future for everyone.
  • The Declaration of the Rights of Man

    The Declaration of the Rights of Man
    The Declaration of the Rights of Man was inspired by some pieces from John Locke and Jacques Rousseau. This piece of literature explains how everyone has equal rights and that the purpose of government was to keep everyones rights safe.
  • U.S Bill of Rights

    U.S Bill of Rights
    This piece of literature is influenced by John Locke and his work. It explains the ten amendments of the United states constitution.
  • A Vindication of the RIghts of Women

    A Vindication of the RIghts of Women
    This piece of literature is influential to history because it is concidered the first step to womens equality, without this step women probably wouldnt have been able to get the same education as men for many more years. This piece influenced many women to want the same rights as men, this made women want to be considered equal to men.
  • Mary Wollstonecraft "A Vindication of the Right of Women"

    Mary Wollstonecraft "A Vindication of the Right of Women"
    Mary Wollstonecraft felt very strongly about women being able to get the same education as men. She believed that it wasn't fair that women were just thought of as wives and nothing more. In her famous piece "A vindication of the Right of Women" she argues against those who believe that women should not be able to get the same education as men and she expresses her opinion of equality for women. She wanted to write a second volume but she passed away before she could accomplish that.