Social Thought and Social Change
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... The Enlightenment and Progress Although it can be said that the roots of The Enlightenment go back to the times of Plato and Aristotle, the 18th century is customarily associated with it (Brians 2000; Nisbet 1979). Certain philosophers, scientists and writers “believed that human reason could be used to combat ignorance, superstition, and tyranny to build a better world” (Brians 2000). It is a movement that aims to veer away from religious persecution and move towards rational thought and the propagation of human rights to progress towards a perfect society (Brians 2000; Bury 1920, p. 6). The idea of progress, then, denotes that “civilisation has moved, is moving, and will move in a desirable...