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The Philosophes encouraged reason, knowledge and education as a way of overcoming superstition and ignorance. They launched the Encyclopédie (1751-1772) stating everything could be known, classified and understood by man. It also questioned religious authority and criticized social injustice.
Because it was illegal to openly criticize the church and state in France, many wrote plays, novels, histories, dictionaries, and encyclopedias with subtle messages attached. An example is Montesquieu's Persian Letters.
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