The only warranted conclusion about his style one can draw from such sentences, however, is that Franklin, like all other writers, lapsed into awkward constructions occasionally as he wrote his first draft.Even the most caviling critics have been forced to the grudging admission that Franklin's prose usually stands up remarkably well when compared to that of his peers, and — exceptions noted — that it is remarkably smooth, dear, and short.
This “religion,” termed Deism, espoused a belief in a “clockwork universe,” in which the Creator provided the spark to create the world but then took an inactive role in its operation.
Thus, people, through reason (not through a reliance on revelation), had the responsibility to arrange their own affairs, both personally and socially.
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin First published: Part 1, 1791; complete, 1818 Type of work: Autobiography is divided into three parts, with a short addendum added a few months before Franklin’s death in 1790.
Each has a distinct thematic purpose and thus serves, in part, to make the work an important philosophical and historical tract.
Franklin achieved his intellectual and literary prowess in an era known for its philosophical advances.
The eighteenth century is frequently cited as the beginning of the so-called modern era in philosophy.
Many American colonists adhered to this philosophy, most notably Thomas Jefferson, the radical revolutionary Thomas Paine, and Franklin.
Early in his autobiography, Franklin concludes, after much study, that he has become “a thorough Deist.” Franklin, however, took his Enlightenment ideas a step further than most of his scholarly contemporaries.
Newton, an English mathematician and astronomer, made revolutionary scientific discoveries concerning light and gravitation and formulated the basis of modern calculus.
His genius changed humankind’s view of itself and its capabilities, showing that individuals can practically, rationally, and reasonably order their world for the benefit of all human beings.