Neoclassicism

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Neoclassicism During the time of Neoclassicism, authors focused their writings toward science and reasoning. The Scientific Revolution took place during Neoclassicism, and at this time, society as a whole unit became more important. A famous neoclassical writer, Jean de La Fontaine, used animism to tell his stories; his characters were animals that were given human behaviors in order to teach society moral values. Perhaps one of Fontaine’s most famous fables, “The Grasshopper and the Ant,” taught one of the most important life lessons, which is to be wise and look ahead to the future. Francis Bacon, another famous neoclassical author, described the way one can find true knowledge in “Idols of the Mind.” He even discussed how knowledge and power are considered to be one. Bacon expressed that one should not let “idols of the mind” restrain their thoughts, and therefore, keep them from gaining essential knowledge. Like Bacon, Thomas Hobbes stressed the importance of knowledge and power among individuals in society. Hobbes talked of states and a strong central government in “Leviathan;” he also believed in the equality of every man. He also thought sovereign authority and separation of powers was extremely important among society.
Rene Descartes was yet another famous writer during Neoclassicism; he was known as the Father of Modern Philosophy. He founded analytical geometry, and his writings centered around mechanical philosophy, meaning the focus of human time was no longer the sun, instead a clock. In his writing, Descartes searched to know the truth; he wanted every piece of truth revealed, with no doubt. He even wrote about ways for humans to go about discovering true knowledge; his advice was for individuals to only accept the things that they were absolutely sure of. Neoclassical writing was all about humans making scientific discoveries…...

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