The Enlightenment was an elite cultural movement that happened during 18th century, where many ideals were made or reformed, just like, for example,
* The existence of astable, coherent, reasonable self
* The right use of reason leads to freedom; uncontrolled passion leads to damnation
* Science is the paradigm for true knowledge: science is neutral in its methodsand contents but socially beneficial in its results
* Reason should be emphasized over passion
Enlightenment was created by the enlighteners, a group of thinkers with new and revolutionaryideas for Europe.
Enlightenment had different effects upon European life, just like religious, cultural and technological impacts. People started or affirmed their thoughts that there was no God whocould predestine human being to eternal damnation.
Culturally speaking, Enlightenment effects were the inventions of that time, like for example, thermometer, piano, fire extinguisher, tuning forkand others.
The technology made people free theirselves from mythological beliefs and superstitions, resulting on a democratic society.
During Enlightenment there was a serious conflict between themajor force of European life (religion) and the enlightenment itself. It happened because religion was losing space. During Renaissance, Protestantism arrived and made Catholic Church lose faithfuls,but during Enlightenment it was 10 times worst, knowing that now people didn’t care about doing everything right in order to go to heaven.
Enlightenment | Comparing | Romanticism |
Spread ideasof progress and science overcoming the past and facing the traditions of Romanticism’s culture as a mere mediation of civilization. | Both Enlightenment and Romanticism are very different, yethistorically, they help us analyze and understand culture and people. | Proclaimed deep feeling for the beauty of nature, the dreaming of the past, the culture around the ruins, the man’s virtuous feeling...
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