Age of Enlightenment

Written by Kenan Malik

Age of Enlightenment 

Originating about 1650 to 1700, it was sparked by philosophers Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677), John Locke (1632–1704), Pierre Bayle (1647–1706), Voltaire (1694–1778) and physicist, Isaac Newton (1643–1727).
In a recent article, Kenan Malik quotes’ Jonathan Israel by saying that: “It was the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza that provided the Enlightenment’s heart and soul.”
http://rationalist.org.uk/articles/4194