EN 209-005 Thomas Jefferson and Enlightenment
EN 209-005 Thomas Jefferson and Enlightenment EN 209
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Thomas Jefferson and Enlightenment Thomas Jefferson 17431826 Biography 0 3rd president 0 Drafted declaration of independence Literary significance 0 Wrote numerous documents advocating for the cultural prestige of a edgling United States 0 Key Enlightenment thinker infuses texts with rational arguments steeped in observations and logical conclusions The Enlightenment and Thomas Jefferson What is the Enlightenment 0 Cultural movement that emphasizes science and learning logic and observation and experimentation rather than superstition and occult beliefs in the realms of the invisible In other words religion is no longer ultimately authority I Aka Age of Reasonquot I Begins in Europe John Locke 16321704 mind as blank slate tabula rasa learn by experience Sir Isaac Newton theory of gravity observation and logic Immanuel Kant Critique of Reason combine logic and reason with experience Move beyond speculation and faith The Enlightenment Continued Emphasized observations and the ordering of things In America movement fueled American Revolution 0 Benjamin Franklin 0 Thomas Paine Common Sense 0 Thomas Jefferson I Notes Notes on the State of Virginia Genre 0 Scientific Treatise I Part of American enlightenment literature that sought to legitimize the country s right to selfgovern through mode of logical scientific reasoning I Mode of writing that uses science and logic to make an argument Rhetorical Purpose 0 Notes on the state of VA is to prove that US is like no other place on earth 0 Respond to perceived inferiority of America 0 Roots supremacy in series of observations logical arguments archeological 0 Positions VA at center of American prominence