Who is your favorite Enlightenment philosopher?   Instructions:   In the Age of Enlightenment module, we learned how a new focus on reasoning was used to understand the social, political and economic institutions of the 16th and 17th centuries. We discovered how Enlightenment philosophy challenged religious authority and absolute rule, led to a shift to free market economies, and set the stage for future revolutions in America and France. For this discussion, you will choose your favorite Enlightenment philosopher. Research, his or her contributions, and write a well-developed post in which you clearly explain why you believe the person you chose contributed the most to the Enlightenment period.   Steps: Choose your favorite Enlightenment philosopher from the 16th and 17th century only. You may wish to choose one of the philosophers we have covered in class such as Voltaire, Baron de Montesquieu, Denis Diderot, Adam Smith, Mary Wollstonecraft, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Cesare Beccaria, Gotthold Lessing, or Moses Mendelssohn. Research your favorite Enlightenment philosopher. For your initial or first post to the Discussion Board, compose a well written argument clearly explaining how and why you believe the person you chose contributed the most to the Enlightenment period. Last, read the posts made by your peers. Choose 2 of your peers whose posts interest you. Compose well-written responses expressing your opinion/viewpoint to each of them.   Possible Websites: You may choose to a website other than the ones suggested.   https://www.the-philosophy.com/enlightenment-philosophers-list  (Links to an external site.) https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-worldhistory/chapter/enlightenment-thinkers/  (Links to an external site.) Please make your initial post by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.  Read peers' posts and respond to a minimum of two peers by the date the module ends at 11:59 pm CST. Grading:  Discussion responses will be graded and must be carefully considered and well-crafted. Students will be evaluated on both the content of their responses and the grammar and mechanics of the postings .Students must employ correct English usage, proper spelling, correct capitalization, and complete sentences. For a complete explanation of the grading process view Discussion Rubric 1. To view the Discussion Rubric, select the wheel icon located on the top right side of this page.   Please note you must make your initial post first before you will be able to read other students posts

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