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Use Enlightenment principles to argue against Robespierre's arguments for the use of terror.

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Robespierre argued that the exigencies of Revolution required extraordinary virtue on the part of the French people, and that virtue was "powerless" without terror to back it up. The best way to argue against this using the principles of the Enlightenment might be to argue, as Montesquieu and many others did, that powers of government must be divided. By claiming absolute power over most aspects of government, including the right of life and...

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