Would you agree that despite the violence and the "terror", the French Revolution was based on the ideas of the enlightenment?  

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There were many different elements to Enlightenment thought, and there were many different elements to the French Revolution. The reforms of the National Assembly, which established a constitutional monarchy, would have certainly met with the approval of many of the philosophes. Most would, however, have rejected the mob violence that gripped Paris as the revolutionary crisis broke out, and they certainly would not have approved of the excesses of the Committee of Public Safety. Yet some (not most) philosophers would have approved of the more radical reforms of the revolution, from the forced secularization of society to the elimination of aristocracy. Even much of the violence associated with the Terror was intended to enforce what Rousseau called the "general will" in French society.