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Lighting the Enlightenment
Tuesday, 23 October, 2018
Try googling ‘light and enlightenment’ and see what you find. Buddhism, new age religion, mindfulness, and spirituality top the list. But if you are hoping to find discussions of the Enlightenment in the context of lanterns, illumination, and light, you’ll need to search a little harder, or be prepared to be left in the dark.
Language, science and human control of nature: the case of Buffon’s ‘Histoire naturelle’
Tuesday, 16 October, 2018
Science and written language in the French eighteenth century.
‘Une encyclopédie de ma façon’: le chef-d’œuvre méconnu de Voltaire
Friday, 5 October, 2018
Voltaire a toujours soutenu la grande entreprise collective de l’‘Encyclopédie’ dirigée par D’Alembert et Diderot.
Digitizing Enlightenment III
Tuesday, 25 September, 2018
The Voltaire Foundation, in collaboration with Cultures of Knowledge, the Maison Française d’Oxford, the Oxford Centre for European History and the Centre for Early Modern Studies, hosted the third Digitizing Enlightenment conference on 19-20 July.
The ‘Beccaria moment’: revisiting the origins of the modern penal system
Tuesday, 18 September, 2018
Published anonymously in Livorno in July 1764, Cesare Beccaria’s ‘On Crimes and Punishments’ is at the origin of a remarkable moment in European culture.
Voltaire: a life in letters
Tuesday, 11 September, 2018
In the late summer of 1776 there appeared an anonymous ‘Commentaire historique sur les œuvres de l’auteur de La Henriade’. On the face of it, this biography of the 82-year-old Voltaire was written by a ‘man of letters’, not in his first youth either, with access to the great man and to the ‘chaos of his papers’.
‘Vous êtes la première chose que je vois en m’éveillant’: portraits in Voltaire’s bedroom
Tuesday, 4 September, 2018
Voltaire had many bedrooms during his long life, but the best documented is the one at the Château de Ferney, where he spent a considerable time sleeping, working, or entertaining guests.
Green Wigs? Ecology and the Long Eighteenth Century
Tuesday, 28 August, 2018
Without a doubt, the Restoration era always exceeds students’ expectations.
Around the ‘Commentaire historique’
Tuesday, 21 August, 2018
This summer the Voltaire Foundation team have been building up to the publication of Voltaire’s ‘Commentaire historique’, presented for the first time since its initial publication in 1776 with its dossier of ‘lettres véritables’ and the allegorical poem ‘Sésostris’.
Voltaire on death
Tuesday, 7 August, 2018
One can read through Voltaire’s letters to learn more about his views on democracy and religion, as well as the soul and afterlife.

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