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Old November 24th, 2010, 03:15 PM   #1
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Renaissance vs Enlightenment


Who do you guys believe had a greater effect on the World, the Renaissance or the Age of Enlightenment?

I believe its the Age of Enlightenment.
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I believe its the Age of Enlightenment.
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The renaissance, because it came before. But I personally like the enlightenment better.
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That's both obviously
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Because alot of the philosphies that grew out of the Age of Enlightenment helped people become more independent and influenced such major events as the American Revolution, the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, Revolutions of 1830 and 1848, the Industrial Revolution, the American Civil War, etc...
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Also Great Britain, France, Prussia, Russia, Sweden rose to prominence during this era. While the Ottoman Empire, the Austrian Empire, and Spain began to lose their grip on the world during the Age of Enlightenment.
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An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment? by Immanuel Kant (1784).
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I'll go for the age of enlightenment, because I really don't think a few Italian paintings and little else, really effected the world that much.
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Renaissance to some extent, though I fear it is a little over hyped.

Can you have had the latter, before you have had the former?
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The achievements reached by Europeans during the Renaissance period are important and well-publicized.

If you consider that the key intellectual component of the Renaissance period (humanism) led to a decrease of the religious overseeing of thought on the continent (think Erasmus), the rise of protestantism and the discoveries (brought about by the study of the ancient cartographers) than you have good grounds to say that the Renaissance period had more immediate wide-ranging consequences.

On the other hand, if you consider that the Enlightenment witnessed the rise of modern science as well as some key political concepts such as democracy you could say that the later period had a larger impact.

For us today, I'd say our daily life is more affected by the achievements of the Enlightenment than by those of the Renaissance.
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