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What is Enlightenment In the eighteenth century in France Britain and Germany a general intellectual move towards greater reliance on the human sciences and their relevance to the boundaries of existing knowledge began This movement was referred to as The Enlightenment As the name suggests the movement set out to shed a greater on humanity human nature and the nature of existence A great desire was shared to determine the extent of our knowledge of the world and for ways to gain a greater understanding of it This movement relied on a mass rejection of tradition and already called for the removal of all established conceptions and prejudices commonly held The Catholic Church and indeed all religions came under heavy scrutiny and rejection due to their all pervasive grip on all matters educational scientific and philosophical Religious morals and guidelines also came to be disregarded in philosophical terms Science logic and rationalism became the principal tools of philosophy in this era as was evidenced by the new methods employed in argument debate analysis and critique Tradition in all its forms be it religious or scientific was eschewed in favour of a clean slate from which to begin re-assessing what we can know Although Descartes was the first Philosopher to employ reason as a tool and Francis Bacon greatly influenced Enlightenment thought it is John Locke an English Protestant philosopher based in Amsterdam who is perceived to be the father figure of this movement In France a legion of intellectuals known as the philosophes became a phenomena and globally thinkers such as Hume and Kant helped define the enlightenment movement In
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