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Enlightenment, The


Definition: 'The Enlightenment' has been given many differing definitions but it was, at its broadest, a philosophical movement of the eighteenth century which stressed human reasoning over blind faith or obedience and was thus in contrast with much of the religious and political order of the day, while also encouraging 'scientific' thinking. For a much longer breakdown, see our Introduction to the Enlightenment
The Enlightenment is often cited as the start of the modern era, but this view is often dependant upon views on science and religion.
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