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Voltaire

Voltaire (real name François-Marie Arouet) (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778) was a French writer, historian and philosopher. His intelligence, wit and unique style made him one of France’s greatest writers and philosophers and a leading figure of French Enlightenment. He advocated fiercely for civil liberties, including freedom of religion, freedom of expression, free trade and separation of church and state. He disliked and targeted in his writings (Christian) dogmatism and orthodoxy.

Voltaire wrote a number of pamphlets as polemical satires. Candide is a great excellent example of his style where he attacks the optimistic determinism of Leibniz's philosophy (i.e., the motto that we are living in the best of possible worlds). Zadig is written against orthodoxy and religious dogma. Other works attack the established dogmatic institutions of various kinds.


Random Quote/Passage:

 
 "LE SERPENT. - Madame, la curiosité. est nécessaire à la nature humaine...; sans elle on croupirait dans la plus honteuse ignorance."
SERPENT.—Curiosity is necessary to human nature... Without it they would stagnate in the most shameful ignorance.
 
 
Le Taureau Blanc (The White Bull) - Voltaire


Available Titles in French - English Bilingual Edition (Project Bilingual)


Candide

L’Ingénu (The Huron, or, Pupil of Nature)

Zadig

Le Taureau Blanc (The White Bull)

La Princesse de Babylone (Princess of Babylon)





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