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How did Enlightenment philosophers attempt to use reason to influence government policy?

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Read the following passage:

…Instantly they fettered him, and carried him away to the regiment. There he was made to wheel about to the right, and to the left, to draw his rammer, to return his rammer, to present, to fire, to march, and they gave him thirty blows with a cudgel. The next day he did his exercise a little less badly, and he received but twenty blows. The day following they gave him only ten, and he was regarded by his comrades as a prodigy.

Candide , all stupefied, could not yet very well realise how he was a hero.

Then IN A 100 WORD ESSAY answer the following question, using the passage as a source:

How did Enlightenment philosophers attempt to use reason to influence government policy?

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