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The Enlightenment via Condorcet The Century of Light otherwise known as the Enlightenment brought forth a strong emphasis on Reason and Knowledge One product of the Enlightenment is the ideas and thoughts of Condorcet Condorcets Sketch for a Historical Picture of The Progress of the Human Mind is brought on by his strong belief in the Perfectibility of Humanity In rational order there are certain principals and laws that the cosmos works under in rational order there is no change But Condorcet says that change is progress and through progress Humanity can be improved According to Condorcet the perfection of Mankind is attainable and for that reason he is impelled to reach it According to Condorcet and the beliefs of the Enlightenment Reason is innate in everyone It is just a matter of using Education to bring it out to consciousness Condorcet firmly believes that with proper education a man can judge his own and other mens actions according to his own lights The Tenth Stage Pg 182 With reason a man will also be able to recognize his rights and the power he has with them He wants that a man will not be in a state of blind dependence The Tenth Stage Pg 182 But one must keep in mind that it is not the goal of education to create a smart-aleck so to speak but a human being that is capable of Autonomy And even then not Autonomy of thought but rather Autonomy of Judgment How one should act When a man reaches this state he is enlightened He is then a responsible and respectable citizen of society and thus perfect To Condorcet it is simply a matter of proper education that is necessary for such outcomes Equality is another ideal that Condorcet mentions Believing in the improvement of society he questions the beginning of prejudices and divisions within the society are these part of civilization itself or are they
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