The Age of Enlightenment (1685–1815): The Business of Invention

  • David H. CropleyEmail author


The Age of Enlightenment is perhaps the natural consequence of the preceding Age of Exploration. As our forebears began to exert some degree of control over the world around them, and as their understanding of that world developed and grew, it is no surprise that the kinds of problems that exercised our ancestors’ minds moved from the more physiological and basic, to the philosophical and advanced. Many of the upheavals of this era were associated with reason, and a general shift in interest away from systems premised on subservience and ignorance, to systems premised on individual liberty and religious tolerance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EngineeringUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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