Homework Help

What was the role of the reason in the age of Enlightenment?

user profile pic

jakubrous | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM via web

dislike 2 like

What was the role of the reason in the age of Enlightenment?

1 Answer | Add Yours

Top Answer

user profile pic

literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

Enlightenment followed the Renaissance period and preceded the Romantic period. This period is also referred to as The Age of Reason. Writers of this period questioned authority and believed in change sparked by rational thinking. Influence of traditional authority (such as the church, social custom, and traditions) gave way to more critical modes of reasonable thought (science and critical analysis).

The pinnacle text of the period is Diderot's Encyclopédie. This text contains what Diedrot defined as the "most important knowledge of the day." Its pages included extensive writings on human needs, pleasures, curiosities, and duties (Collective Translation project).

Themes of this movement illuminated the superiority of the intellect, human goodness, and a real but uninvolved God (eNotes Enlightenment Themes). Essentially, reason lay at the very center of the Enlightenment period given the extent to which the representative authors questioned everything which had proceeded them.

Sources:

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes