On March 10, 1762, Jean Calas, a Protestant merchant, was publicly executed in Toulouse, France. This punishment had been prescribed by the regional parliament, with hopes that Calas would confess to murdering his adult son in order to prevent his conversion to Catholicism. Steadfastly declaring his innocence, the elderly Huguenot expired after hours of suffering, his limbs broken one by one before the executioner strangled him and burned his corpse. These were the events that inspired Voltaire's Treatise on Tolerance. Even today the Treatise on Tolerance stands as one of the most important milestones in the acceptance of religious tolerance in the Western world.
About the Author
Born in 1694 to a wealthy Parisian family, Voltaire’s given name was Francois Marie Arouet. Voltaire's fame as the author of such books as Candide and The Philosophical Dictionary earned him many prestigious titles. However, at age twenty-two, Voltaire had his first of many encounters with censorship and police repression and was exiled. He died in 1778.
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A Treatise on Tolerance and Other Writings (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
It's hard to say what the complete argument of Voltaire is from this book, because the copy I bought has easily a dozen blank pages where there should be text. I beleve that this was a printer's/binder's mistake. Just as soon as I can afford it, I am going to buy a copy from the store, but I am going to inspect it first to make sure that this error has not been repeated.