Although the intellectual movement called “The Enlightenment” is usually associated with the 18th century, its roots in fact go back much further. But before we explore those roots, we need to define the term. This is one of those rare historical movements which in fact named itself. Certain thinkers and writers, primarily in London and Paris, believed that they were more enlightened than their compatriots and set out to enlighten them.
They believed that human reason could be used to combat ignorance, superstition, and tyranny and to build a better world. Their principal targets were religion (embodied in France in the Catholic Church) and the domination of society by a hereditary aristocracy.
Enlightenment is something to do with self resurrection and avoiding everything that we have in physical world like money,relations ..study Gautam buddha
by marinealways248 years ago
Do You believe you have reached enlightenment? Yes or No, please explain why.
by pisean2823116 years ago
I was discussing god with few people...the discussion as usual turned into heated debate...nothing divides humans more than religion/god and soon debate turned into heated argument...one strong believer said it requires...
by aka-dj6 years ago
What, in your opinion, is true enlightenment?
by mischeviousme5 years ago
Sidhartha Budha said that we are all enlightened and that it is because of this that we act as we do. If my ideals are anydifferent from another, the previous epiphanies of the person to which I am speaking, will be...
by Dave McClure9 years ago
Tolerance, Reason and Humanity were the three pillars of Western Enlightenment, a philosophical movement inspired by such thinkers as Newton and Descartes and further developed by Rousseau, Paine, Voltaire, Hume. They...
by paarsurrey7 years ago
Hi friendsBuddhism without any truthful message from Buddha written or dictated by him; has no enlightenment in it; it is mere enslavement of self in meaningless meditation. While our Buddhist friends may name it...
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