Title page of 1733 edition. (Taylor Institution, Arch.8o.E.1733)
‘Lettres philosophiques! Lettres philosophiques!’, I hear you cry. And I bring you glad tidings: the time has almost come and your thirst will soon be quenched; volume 6B of the Œuvres complètes de Voltaire will be released in a matter of months.
The cherry on the cake of our 200-volume edition, vol.6B has been a somewhat tough row to hoe, and for good reason. One of Voltaire’s most iconic texts, the Lettres philosophiques also had a terribly complicated publication history: originally appearing in English in 1733, they were only published in French the following year, simultaneously in London and Rouen. No sooner had they been released than the letter about Locke and the nature of the soul, significantly reworked by the author himself, began to circulate clandestinely (ask Antony McKenna and Gianluca Mori, whose great edition of…
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The most widespread European attitude towards Islam and the Muslim world in the eighteenth century was one of hostility. Islam was of course the main challenger to Christianity, and in the early part of the century the Ottoman Empire was still an ever-present threat in the Mediterranean. So it was an object of both fear and suspicion. But in some quarters there was less hostility. The toleration of religious minorities in the Ottoman Empire was contrasted favourably with the religious persecution in many European countries, with the Catholics often being singled out as much more intolerant than the Muslims. Irreligious thinkers sometimes used this to attack all Churches.
Several people who had direct experience of the Muslim world also gave a more nuanced opinion, admitting, like Thévenot, that the ‘Turks’ had some good qualities. There was even a small group of writers who went much further and actively tried…
Gli esami di Storia della filosofia (Educazione sociale e tecniche dell’intervento educativo), Storia della filosofia moderna e contemporanea francese (Filosofia) e Storia della filosofia francese moderna e contemporanea (Educatore Socio-Culturale) previsti per il giorno 6 luglio 2020 – a causa di una sessione di Laurea Magistrale fissata per lo stesso giorno 6 luglio – si terranno il giorno 7 luglio a partire dalle ore 9.
When I came upon the baron d’Holbach in the early 1960s – my undergraduate senior thesis was on d’Holbach’s atheism and the response of Voltaire and others to the Système de la nature, a choice of subject that played a not insignificant role in my scholarly life – there were few secondary sources to guide me, and there were precious few of his works accessible from a university library. As a graduate student studying his salon, his atheism, and his relationships, the only passage to his writings required taking a paper number in the waiting room of the Bibliothèque Nationale, rue de Richelieu, praying for a siège to open up, and waiting patiently for tomes that might or might not be the right editions to be delivered to my desk. Where was this extraordinary digital resource when I most needed it?
Il codice TEAM per gli esami di Storia della filosofia moderna e contemporanea francese (corso di laurea in Filosofia) e di Storia della filosofia francese moderna e contemporanea (corso di laurea in Educatore Socio Culturale) e Storia della filosofia (corso di laurea in Educazione sociale e tecniche dell’intervento educativo) previsti per il giorno 05 giugno 2020 è hj6zfhr. Il link per accedere direttamente al TEAM è questo. Gli esami inizieranno alle ore 9.