British Enlightenment


The seventeenth and eighteenth century were times of change in England.  England completely overthrew its monarchy in the middle of the seventeenth century.  It was first replaced by a republic then by a weakened monarchy.  Although the monarchy was eventually restored, this experience created openness towards change throughout England.  The limits on freedom of speech and  of the press were widened along with the acceptance of new theories concerning human understanding, the scientific revolution and the politics.  John Locke and Sir Isaac Newton developed significant and lasting philosophies and discoveries during the Enlightenment period.



Key Aspects of the English Enlightenment:


John Locke

Sir Isaac Newton

The Scottish Enlightenment