The age of enlightenment also known as the age of reason or simply the enlightenment was an intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in europe during the 18th century the century of philosophy. Enlightenment enlightenment a european intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries in which ideas concerning god reason nature and humanity were synthesized into a worldview that gained wide assent in the west and that instigated revolutionary developments in art philosophy and politics. Consequently the enlightenment also argued that human life and character could be improved through the use of education and reason the mechanistic universe that is to say the universe when considered to be a functioning machine could also be altered. The heart of the eighteenth century enlightenment is the loosely organized activity of prominent french thinkers of the mid decades of the eighteenth century the so called philosopheseg voltaire dalembert diderot montesquieu. The enlightenment also known as the age of reason was a philosophical movement that took place primarily in europe and later in north america during the late 17 th and early 18 th century
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