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There are many ways in which the Enlightenment affected the course of the Revolution however there are three interrelated facets of Enlightenment theory that gave the Revolution the might it needed to survive These three ideals brought the middle and lower classes into the Revolution a feat that would otherwise only come about in times of an intense depression The first theory was that all ideas are universal and cosmopolitan a theory that placed the peasants on an intellectual plateau with the aristocracy The second idea was that the only worthwhile knowing was utilitarian knowledge something on which the working classes had a virtual monopoly The final change in thinking was a skepticism of religion which weakened the clergy and ultimately caused the downfall of the king The belief in universal ideas was the first of many steps that laid the path for revolution The idea that all thoughts were cosmopolitan and understandable by all leveled the intellectual playing field for the working classes The peasants and the growing middle class had always believed that the aristocracy unwarrantedly thought they were smarter and then the philosophes began to say it was true In the minds of the common people a more dramatic step was being taken in that if the princes were of the same intelligence as the paupers then why should the aristocracy be exulted from birth when the peasants were born with nothing If the ruling class was the as smart as the masses that they ruled then why could the people not govern themselves Why could the people not take back what the government had taken from them First the intellectuals leveled the playing field the knowledge of the blacksmith became equal to the knowledge of the bureaucrat The scales were then tipped in favor of the common man the utilitarian knowledge of the blacksmith was valued over the unproductive knowledge of the nobility In the further attempts to create an egalitarian
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