How did the Enlightenment impact society?


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Enlightenment impacted society by introducing the idea that mankind could use their reason to discover the natural laws of the world and the natural rights of mankind. These ideals opened up the possibility of unending advancements in the knowledge and possibilities of mankind.

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The Enlightenment is often compared and related to the Renaissance. Both movements were about knowledge and learning, but the Renaissance was about learning from the past and gaining knowledge from those who came before. The Enlightenment was an attempt to break free from the past and move forward. The advancements and success of the scientific arena made many people think that such advancements could be found in the social and mental areas as well if many of the same effort was applied.

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