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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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Maria Theresa workshop

Maria Theresa (1717-1780): Tercentenary workshop on the Habsburg empress and her time 26 February 2018, The Queen’s College, Oxford Convened by Tobias Heinrich (Kent) and Avi Lifschitz (Oxford)

Globalising knowledge in the eighteenth century: the Linnaean story

One of the most familiar chapters in the history of early modern science is the birth, expansion and global deployment of Linnaean natural history from the 1730s onwards.

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The Voltaire Foundation is a world leader for eighteenth-century scholarship, publishing the definitive edition of the Complete Works of Voltaire (Œuvres complètes de Voltaire), as well as Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (previously SVEC), the foremost series devoted to Enlightenment studies, and the correspondences of several key French thinkers.