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Reason

Annotation

To contemporaries who subscribed to the Enlightenment principles, preceding the French Revolution, the term "reason" was to be contrasted to superstition. Even though Christians, too, believed in reason, they also wanted to make room for the possibility of God’s intervention, particularly in miracles. Such exceptions seemed to Enlightenment adherents to conflict with reason, which they argued demanded evidence to substantiate claims. To this day scholars still dispute whether enlightened thinkers’ faith in reason was so encompassing that it acted as a belief not all that different from religiosity.

Jean-Baptiste Gautier (engraver) and Louis-Simon Boizot (designer), “Reason,” Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.

Credits

Creator
Jean-Baptiste Gautier (engraver)
Louis-Simon Boizot (designer)

Source
Museum of the French Revolution 83.310
Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Date
1793-1794

Rights
Museum of the French Revolution

How to Cite This Source
Reason in World History Commons,