Most philosophers of the Enlightenment were from either aristocratic or middle-class backgrounds with university education. In order to effectively remember the important players I have made an outline of the philosophers and their contributions.
-In Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693) Locke concluded that education determined human character.
–Essay Concerning Human Understanding: reiterated that the environment shaped the mind thus making a comment on the debate of nature VS nurture.
-In Historical &Critical Dictionary (1697) he stated that morality and religion are different and do not relate.
-Believed that religious institutions stood in the path of human freedom and progress.
– English freedom VS French autocracy(1721) critiqued European customs from the perspective of Persian travelers. In this literary work a growing awareness of a divergent world culture became evident.