Scientific Revolution And Enlightenment

analytical Essay
961 words
961 words

The Impact of the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment on the West The Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment period were both a time of immense growth in scientific discovery and an increase in the secular view of the world. The Scientific Revolution would include the use of direct observation and experimentation, dependence on mathematical confirmation, and inventions to test new scientific discoveries (Kwak). The new discoveries of the Scientific Revolution led the growing number of literate middle class individuals in the Enlightenment period. This growth of enlightened individuals led to more intellectual and cultural attitudes that shaped modern history throughout the world (Fiero, 134). This paper will analyze the impact of the …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the impact of the scientific revolution and enlightenment on the west during both of these influential periods.
  • Analyzes how the vast influence of observation was evident in paintings during the scientific revolution especially for artists like jan vermeer.
  • Analyzes how denis diderot's encyclopédie was a highly influential philosopher during the enlightenment period. he wanted it to reveal truth whether or not it went against authority.
  • Analyzes how the impact of the enlightenment was profound on philosophy, especially political philosophy. locke believed that people had rights, including the right to life, liberty, and property.
  • Explains that the scientific revolution and the enlightenment changed the west and modern history. art and literature challenged ities to reveal the truth of important issues.

The vast influence of observation was highly apparent in paintings during the Scientific Revolution particularly for artists like Jan Vermeer (Fiero, 120-121). According to, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Vermeer was intensely preoccupied with the behavior of light and other optical effects such as sudden recessions and changes of focus (Liedtke).” In Vermeer’s painting The Geographer, I think he pays attention very well to the light in this particular painting. It is obvious the source of the light is coming from the window next to the man in the painting. He captured the way light hits various objects in the room and the shadows they create in a very realistic manner. It is also, apparent Vermeer’s precise technical abilities and careful observation to everyday human activity that support in the realism of this particular painting. I like how he captures this individual briefly taking a moment away from his work to possibly double check something as someone would do to check their own accuracy. Jan Vermeer captured everyday life in his impressive realism paintings, which showed people a different world that existed around them. Similar to, the art influencing different viewpoints of the world was new literature of Enlightenment …show more content…

The impact was also profound on philosophy, especially political philosophy, which had enlightened thinkers reevaluating the government’s role and the rights of the citizens. Natural law was seen as general laws for human behavior. John Locke was highly influential with his political philosophies, which incorporated natural law into his thought process. Locke believed that people had rights, those being the right to life, liberty, and property. He felt government should only be in place to protect these rights of the people and that they should not give up freedom for protection (Tuckness). In Locke’s Of Civil Government, his chapter on tyranny states, “…so tyranny is the exercise of power beyond right, which nobody can have a right to (Fiero, 137).” I feel that Locke’s ideals are reflective of what democracy is supposed to be. He mostly likely had influence on future governmental systems because of his writing. It is obvious why his influence of political philosophy traveled farther than that of Thomas Hobbes. I think Locke became more socially and intellectually aware of these issue because of the growth in learning during these periods. He gained more of an understanding to what government was doing and how people should actually be treated in their

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