The Fables of Reason: A Study of Voltaire's Contes Philosophiques

The Fables of Reason: A Study of Voltaire's Contes Philosophiques

by Roger Pearson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198158807

ISBN-13: 9780198158806

Pub. Date: 05/28/1993

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This is the first comprehensive study in English of Voltaire's contes philosophiques—the philosophical tales for which he is best remembered and which include his masterpiece Candide. Pearson situates each story in its historical and intellectual context and offers new readings in light of modern critical thinking. He rejects the traditional view that Voltaire

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This is the first comprehensive study in English of Voltaire's contes philosophiques—the philosophical tales for which he is best remembered and which include his masterpiece Candide. Pearson situates each story in its historical and intellectual context and offers new readings in light of modern critical thinking. He rejects the traditional view that Voltaire's contes were the private expression of his philosophical perplexity, and argues that it is narrative that is Voltaire's essential mode of thought. His book is a witty, lucid, and scholarly guide to the "fables of reason" through which Voltaire's skepticism undermined the contemporary religious and philosophical explanations of human experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198158806
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.83(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

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