Voltaire: Philosophical Dictionary


François-Marie Arouet (1694–1778), better known by his pen name of Voltaire, was the foremost champion of the Enlightenment in France. He published numerous books, pamphlets and articles advancing a broad range of Enlightenment causes, from Newtonian physics to religious toleration. His alphabetically arranged Philosophical Dictionary, first published anonymously with seventy-three articles in 1764 and later published in expanded editions, was an attempt to put forth some of his basic ideas in an easily understood form. Its arrangement recalls another radical work of which...

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Medallion portrait of Voltaire (Yale University Art Gallery)

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