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Voltaire was one of the greatest of the Enlightenment philosophers, and his voice and values remain a vital presence in European culture today. It is the mission of the Voltaire Foundation to promote and explore these values.

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‘Les Nouveaux Mélanges’: recette d’une bonne capilotade, façon Voltaire

Prenez des échanges dialogués, qui tiennent à la fois du conte, de la scène isolée et du dialogue philosophique, ajoutez des fragments, une anecdote, des facéties.

Rousseau on stage: ‘Vitam impendere vero’

Rousseau claims to be writing with the ‘public good’ in mind, even though it might go against his own interests – such as his love for theatre and opera.

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