Voltaire’s afterlife is complex, his reputation changing with successive regimes. The French Revolution looked back to him as a heroic precursor of its struggle.
The ways in which some modes of thinking common during the Enlightenment might have been inherited from the English idea of ‘improvement’.
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The reminiscences of Andrew Hunwick in the fiftieth year of OCV.
One of the first projects in the newly established Voltaire Lab.
Véritable ‘Strabon français’ pour ses contemporains, Jean-Baptiste d’Anville est considéré comme l’un des plus grands géographes des Lumières. Ce livre, fruit du travail d’analyse d’une dizaine de spécialistes internationaux, fondé sur des sources nombreuses et souvent inédites, est la première monographie à lui être consacrée.
In the age of Enlightenment the concept of night evolved from being a time of dread to a time for pleasure. Between the start of the Régence (1715-1723) and the French Revolution the nocturnal and the erotic became intrinsically connected: shadows and darkness were reconfigured as the object of the philosophes’ fascination, while night was increasingly experienced as the realm of the self. Nowhere is this paradigmatic shift better recorded than in French libertine literature of the long eighteenth century.
In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest in the history of early modern and eighteenth-century music and theatre.
The rediscovery of the thought of Giambattista Vico (1668-1774) – especially his New science – is a post-Revolutionary phenomenon. Stressing the elements that keep society together by promoting a sense of belonging, Vico’s philosophy helped shape a new Italian identity and intellectual class. Poet and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) responded perceptively to the spreading and manipulation of Vico’s ideas, but to what extent can he be considered Vico’s heir?
What do Ian McKellen and the Marquis de Sade have in common? They’re both national treasures in their respective countries.