Enlightenment Authors and Themes. J. Schwartz English III Fall 2011. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). One of the leading minds of the colonies Worked as: printer, publisher, politician, diplomat, scientist An early Renaissance Man Credited with hundreds of aphorisms
Men and women who came to America were more independent and rational than those who had stayed behind in Europe.
Humans have the capacity to define themselves.
Importance of self-reliance and self-sufficiency.
Quest for Moral Perfection vs. Social Achievement
Protestant Work Ethic
Religion as a Philosophical
in his speeches