Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge - The Enlightenment Summary & Analysis

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The Enlightenment Summary and Analysis

The idea of intellectual unity emerges as a way to foster human rights and progress through knowledge during the Enlightenment. This concept instigates the modern era, but later its ideas cease to dominate. The end of the Enlightenment is marked by the death of the Marquis de Condorcet in March 1794, who dies during the Revolution after being jailed. The French Revolution incorporates intellectual ideas such as that of Condorcet. Its strength is in its attempt to improve educational opportunities as part of human rights. The revolutionary slogan "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity" is inspired by the ideas formulated by Jean-Jacques Rousseau in "The Social Contract". Robespierre uses his idea of general will during the Revolution, where those who want to improve their welfare can execute those who oppose it, killing 17,000 people. In his view he serves eternal justice when freeing slaves...

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