Tacitus X Wrote:
Jan 22, 2013 11:14 AM
Not quite. As Enlightenment thinkers they held that rights are inherent in human beings and inalienable, not that they "arose out of western civilization" The Enlightenment represented the overthrow of theocracy, and advocated reason, individual rights, and freedom as primary values of society rather than faith and obedience to authority. As corollaries, this included the establishment of a contractual basis of rights, the free market, the scientific method, religious tolerance, and the organization of states into self-governing republics through democratic means. That's what I mean.