There has rarely been a better time to write about skepticism than the current so-called post-truth era.
One of the many outstanding women in Russian history, Catherine the Great might have had sympathy for the theme of this year’s Oxford International Women’s Festival.
The first George Rousseau Lecture, ‘Liberty as equality: Rousseau and Roman constitutionalism’, will be delivered by Professor Dan Edelstein of Stanford University.
On January 31st, France celebrated the ‘Nuit des idées’.
Le volume 15 de la première édition de la correspondance de l’écrivain huguenot La Beaumelle. Les documents rassemblés proviennent d’un fonds privé et sont pratiquement tous inédits. Il s'agit d’une source de premier ordre permettant de revoir certaines idées reçues sur le dix-huitième siècle, ouvrant des perspectives de recherche. Ses lettres suivent l’actualité sociale et intellectuelle. Elles traitent de politique, de littérature, de philosophie, d’histoire, de religion.
Eighteenth-century French salons have developed a mystical aura as sites of elite sociability and workshops of Enlightenment philosophy.
Over the past few decades historians have justly complicated the narrative of the Enlightenment’s essentially secular nature.
We know from reading Voltaire’s letters that he likes quoting – French literature in abundance, but also a fair amount of Latin.
The concluding part of the introduction to this definitive edition of the Siècle de Louis XIV. This volume traces the history of the text from early manuscript drafts, through its evolution in print up to the first posthumous edition. It also includes a suite of critical editions presenting various texts that surround and shed light on the Siècle: manuscript notes, open letters published by Voltaire in periodicals, and forewords and prefaces from variant print editions.
The continuities of the Enlightenment with the past are many and little explored.