The Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, was the time period that changed politics, philosophy, science, and communications. The Enlightenment affected people in many ways, however it presented many common themes for philosophers to contemplate, like the theme of rational questioning and the belief in progress. The Enlightenment was the influence for the American and French Revolutions, as a result of the newly accepted and practiced ideologies.
The Enlightenment is a time period responsible for many of the Great Thinkers. It is philosophers like Locke and Newton that we owe our thanks to in consideration to the development of liberalism. Without this era, and these people, classical liberalism would not be what it is today. The ideas and events that occurred as a result of the Enlightenment encouraged the ideas and beliefs of the Great Thinkers. The Enlightenment directly affected the development of classical liberalism because without it, our ideas of liberalism would be so vague and minor there would be no aspect of liberalism.