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What is Liberty During the age of enlightenment many philosophes had different views on the definition of liberty In the opinion of the philosophes Voltaire Smith Montesquieu and Rousseau the four ideals were almost identical Voltaire stated Liberty is the life of the soul Jean-Jacques Rousseau stated Liberty is obedience to the law one has laid down for oneself Adam Smith stated Every man as long as he does not violate the laws of justice is left perfectly free to pursue his own interest in his own way Also Montesquieu stated Liberty is the right to do whatever the laws permit They thought that people could truly be happy in a society with liberty Voltaires statement reflected his idea His soul was full of life and because of being full of life he had sharp tongue He was often thrown in jail because of his sharp tongue towards King Louis XV I believe that Voltaire thought that he didnt have liberty because he was unable to express himself freely therefore he was critical of nobility and monarchy Voltaires statement is not a useful definition of liberty because it is too broad His definition of liberty does not specify many arguable areas of liberty He may be saying liberty is the ability to break laws but still has the life of their soul His statement would not qualify for modern man because of this Rousseaus definition reflects greatly on his ideas He believed that liberty was every persons natural birthright yet many were oppressed He said that it has to do with the law one has laid down for oneself Liberty in his idea dealt with laws that were fair to everyone Rousseaus definition of liberty is very clear and useful It is useful because it is not as broad and covers more of idea His definition would be accepted my modern man because in this time everyone is always arguing about
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