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Ben Franklin Enlightenment Thinker Presentation
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Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge, MA: Belknap of Harvard UP, 1967. Print. Sources Joshua Chao & Kenneth Leong 1706 1748 1723 (cc) image by jantik on Flickr Ben Franklin is born in colonial Boston. Ran away to Philadelphia Amassed enough money to retire. By this time, already published Pennsylvania Gazette and Poor Richard's Almanac. 1753 Devotes rest of life to intellectual and philosophical pursuits. Establishes library, firehouse, UPenn, and makes many inventions. 1790 He died. The Ideas. All his ideas that contributed to the Enlightenment can be found in his Autobiography. Material wealth is only important when it is combined with "enlightenment self-interest." Entrepreneurs live worthy lives because they pursue attainable goals and help others to reach their goals as well. The perfect person has 13 virtues - temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility The best form of government is one that relies on the people. Franklin preferred voluntary societies over governmental control. People are expressed best when they voluntarily work to achieve their own ends, which are used to apply to society. All his thoughts can be traced back to free opinion - his agreement with the free market, his establishments of private associations, his view in politics, religious liberty, etc. During his time period, he was a political ambassador, and created good ties between America and France. Thus, his ideas not only remained in America, but also in France and the rest of Europe. His works applied to everyone, not just thinkers. Poor Richard's Almanac and Pennsylvania Gazette not only wrote down and compiled morals, but also explained political issues and opinions to the ignorant masses. Combined economy pursuits with morals to create his philosophy Very practical and scientific man- based morals on logic, and government on practicality (combining individual values with economic values)