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Art And Literature In The Renaissance And Scientific Revolution

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As Newton has said “If I have seen further [than others], it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” The giants Newton references can be found in the Renaissance and Scientific Revolution. Art and literature paved the way to the discoveries of the Enlightenment. Although literature and art were important influences, science also caused change. Knowledge, beliefs, traditions switched drastically. The ideals that powered the Enlightenment made man curious and questioned science & traditions of previous generations.
When the art of the Renaissance began showing humans, man inquired the who? what? and why? of humanity. The “David”, by Michelangelo, pictured a man that had profound effects. ...view middle of the document...

” (Doc 5), and all were taught to be more scientific thinking. In Document 6 a diagram shows the Aristotelian theory that was believed for generations, but also depicts the Copernican theory which sparked distrust & disbelief of both theories. Many opposed Galileo plainly when they had no other defense, besides false religion with bible authority “consequently damnable and heretical.” (Doc 7) Newton confounded the world amidst eloquent speech/philosophy and forced many to adjust their opinions of the world. Overall, science revaluated rulers’, citizens’, or philosophes’ methods, plans, approaches, and experiments.
Before and during the Enlightenment, philosophes spoke so significantly, which convinced others to join the “enlightened” cause. Immanuel Kant was one such philosopher, he once said “immaturity…not caused by lack of intelligence, but lack of determination & courage… Sapere Aude! (Dare to Know) … all that is required….is freedom,” (Doc 2) and alternative other books, speeches, or even letters. Writing of letters, Voltaire wrote about the English, praising them of their scientific achievements, benefits to humanity, but...

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