Time Frame and definition
The Enlightenment was, as Immanuel Kant puts it, man stepping away from his own self-immaturity. This era was an era characterized by and dominated by intellectuals who dared to know, greatly impressed by the Scientific Revolution, using the application of reason and the scientific method to study society and attempt to improve the condition of society and its people. The time frame can be said to run from 1700-1800. This era was characterized by new aspects and developments. Principle figures put forth new radical ideas and contributions. Not only that, but new areas of culture were being impacted as well.