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The Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment
As European nations were distracted by the Great Wars of the eighteenth century, European intellectuals were pushing the people toward new ideas. A revolution in scientific method and thinking was brought about by many, including the likes of Bacon, Copernicus, Galileo and Newton. Scientific discoveries reinforced the potential of the human mind. If humans were reasonable, one might wonder, why did they not govern themselves? Following the footsteps of earlier scientists, the philosophes and philosophers of the Enlightenment applied natural law and reason to the questions of humanity: politics, law, religion, relations, etc. An amazing time, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment will impact the world in countless ways. (And for we Americans. . .the ideas of the Enlightenment will help direct our little colonial rebellion against the English crown!)

Activities (and Links) of Note
  • Bonus Blog Points: Go to the AP Euro blog and write a response to one of the following two questions.  (1) Which thinker of the "age of reason" do you feel contributed the most to the period?  or (2) Which philosophe/philosopher do you most agree with?!

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