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Voltaire: Treatise on Tolerance

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  • Date Published: November 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521640176

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  • Voltaire is widely known as the author of a literary masterpiece, Candide, while his reputation as a thinker rests largely on his Philosophical Letters and Philosophical Dictionary. He is equally renowned as a critic of the forces of superstition and fanaticism, and a champion of freedom of thought and belief. The works presented here, in a new English translation, are among the most important and characteristic texts of the Enlightenment, and bring together all three aspects of Voltaire: the writer, the doer and the philosophe. Originating in Voltaire's campaign to exonerate Jean Calas, they are works of polemical brilliance, informed by his deism and humanism and by Enlightenment values and ideals more generally. The issues which they raise, concerning questions of tolerance and human dignity, are still highly relevant to our own times. This volume presents them together with an introduction by Simon Harvey and useful notes on further reading.

    • Deals with the topical subjects of religious intolerance and fanaticism
    • Of interest to readers in history and French as well as philosophy
    • Lively translation of the main text, the Treatise on Tolerance
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    • Date Published: November 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521640176
    • length: 190 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Treatise on tolerance
    The story of Elisabeth Canning and the Calas family
    An address to the public concerning the parricides imputed to the Calas and Sirven families
    An account of the death of the Chevalier de la Barre
    The cry of innocent blood.

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    Voltaire

    Translator

    Brian Masters

    Editor and Translator

    Simon Harvey, Queen Mary University of London

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