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The Enlightenment

Humanists and artists celebrated the dignity of the individual.
Using observation, logic and reason to find the laws that apply to the natural world
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen proclaimed liberty and equality.
King who applied Enlightenment ideas.
Believed in religious tolerance and free speech.
Believed that the government should be divided into three branches of government, the separation of powers.
Thought people naturally cruel and selfish, and that the government was needed to protect people from their own selfishness
Argued for the rights of the accused and the right to a trial free from torture and extreme punishments.
Based on ideas of Locke, Montesquieu and Voltaire
Believed in a social contract based on natural rights, that a government's authority is based on the consent of the governed.
Protestants rebelled against the Catholic Church.
Change in outlook among Europeans that began during the 1600s
The new outlook puts trust in this as the key to human progress.
Enlightenment thinkers were inspired by these.