French Enlightenment Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

French Enlightenment
An analysis of the economic and political situation of France during the enlightenment period.
# 60529 | 1,060 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Aug 30, 2005 in English (Analysis) , History (European - 18th Century)

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This paper analyzes the failure of enlightened absolutism in France. The paper examines two philosophes that became significant to the progress and development of the enlightenment in France: Montesquieu and Jean Jacques Rousseau. The paper contends that because of the incompatibility of the reform enforced by the French society during the Revolution, France was not able to successfully use the principles of the enlightenment towards material and social progress.

From the Paper:

"The dawn of the 18th century saw the emergence of a period that eventually determined the future of modern society-that is, the Age of Enlightenment. Under the Age of Enlightenment, the prevalent ideology is that it is possible for people to formulate and enforce reform and changes in the society. Social reform is especially applicable in the European experience, wherein the rigid and conservative influence of Christianity has led to the development of a society that is characteristically theocentric."

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