Political Thinkers of the Enlightenment


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What was the Enlightenment?

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1. What did René Descartes mean by I think, therefore I am?

2. According to John Locke's conception of the social contract, why do people allow the government to exist?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Among its many other contributions, the Enlightenment era produced a great deal of significant and influential work in the realm of political philosophy. This assessment will test you on this particular aspect of the Enlightenment. Some things you'll be assessed on include notable Enlightenment political philosophers and their views.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The characteristics of the Enlightenment as a whole
  • The meaning of Descartes' 'I think, therefore I am'
  • John Locke's views on social contracts
  • Kant's arguments for achieving peace
  • Adam Smith's 'Invisible Hand' theory

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - recall the lesson's main points on the Enlightenment period and its contributions to political philosophy
  • Reading comprehension - use the quiz questions to assess your understanding of the most significant political philosophers of the Enlightenment period and their contributions to the field
  • Knowledge application - use the information you gained from the attached lesson to identify Enlightenment political philosophers and their specific views

Additional Learning

To go over some more information on the political philosophy of the Enlightenment, read the lesson called Political Thinkers of the Enlightenment. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Overview of the Enlightenment
  • Notable philosophers of the Enlightenment
  • Views on political philosophy
  • Views on economics