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What was the major political or economic impact of the Scientific Revolution?

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trialanderror | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted November 17, 2011 at 10:20 AM via web

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What was the major political or economic impact of the Scientific Revolution?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM (Answer #1)

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The Scientific Revolution that occurred during the Renaissance had major political and economic impacts in the long term.

In terms of economics, it led to more technology.  The search for scientific knowledge helped lead to more experimentation with things that would eventually end up being useful for practical purposes.  For example, we can argue that the printing press would not have been possible except for the spirit of experimentation that came along with this revolution.

Politically, the Scientific Revolution helped lead to the thought of the Enlightenment.  Enlightenment thinkers tried to apply science and rationality to thinking about human society and politics.  This led them, for example, to the idea that monarchy was an irrational form of government and that people ought to be able to govern themselves in more of a democratic form of government.

These impacts did not happen immediately, but they did come out of the Scientific Revolution.

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