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Q: In addition to writing works on important issues, what was the most notable way in which educated wealthy women promoted the Enlightenment?
A: The Enlightenment promoted the use of one's reason, rather than accepting tradition. It rejected the traditional attitudes of the Catholic Church. [ Many "philosophers," or people who thought about subjects in an inquiring, inductive manner, became prominent. Salons were hosted by upper-middle class women who wanted to discuss topics of the day, such as politics. The Enlightenment stressed that
we are products of experience and environment, and that we should have the utmost confidence in the unlimited capacity of the human mind. It stressed the unlimited progress of humans, and the ideas of atheism and deism became especially prominent. Adam Smith's concept of free market capitalism sent European economics in a new direction. Enlightened despots such as Catherine the Great and Joseph II replaced absolute monarchs and used their states as agents of progress. Education and literacy expanded vastly, and people recognized the importance of intellectual freedoms of speech, thought, and press. Women in the salons of France as a very small number of elite women who were concerned with their own education and promoting the philosophies of the Enlightenment. Their purpose, is to "self-satisfy the educational needs of the women who started them." These women would host a salon either in their own home or in a hotel dining room dedicated to the salon's function. ]
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