The Values of the Enlightenment (AP European History)

The Values of the Enlightenment (AP European History)

Video Channel: Tom Richey

When studying the Age of Enlightenment, it's important to know who the Enlightenment thinkers were and what they wrote, but for this knowledge to make sense, it needs to be seen within a larger context of the overall values of the Enlightenment. I have selected five values that I think explain the general mindset of the Enlightenment thinkers (philosophes): reason, science, progress, liberty, and toleration. These are the values that inspired Voltaire, Montesquieu, and Adam Smith.

This big picture approach should help students who are preparing for exams in AP European History and other subjects - and of course, lifelong learners are always welcome!

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The Values