Œuvres de 1766-1767
Series: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire
Volume Editors: Jacqueline Marchand, Roland Mortier, John Renwick
Publication Date: 1987
This volume brings together many of Voltaire’s most controversial reflections on religion and philosophy. In Le Philosophe ignorant Voltaire summarises his doubts about the philosophers of his age and theories of systematization, seeking to show the limits of metaphysics.
L’Examen important de milord Bolingbroke is a polemical work which uses the excuse of being a ‘translation’ of a letter from the English Lord Bolingbroke to diffuse Voltaire’s own radical views.
André Destouches à Siam is a satirical dialogue between a French musician and a Siamese bureaucrat, presenting a ‘utopian’ society in which the justice system is arbitrary, based on archaic traditions and religious fanaticism.
Les Questions de Zapata was published as a pamphlet, purportedly by a professor of theology in Salamanca, on the inconsistencies of the Old and New Testament.
Table of contents
Le Philosophe ignorant (Roland Mortier) André Destouches à Siam (John Renwick) L’Examen important de milord Bolingbroke (Roland Mortier) Les Questions de Zapata (Jacqueline Marchand) Homélies prononcées à Londres (Jacqueline Marchand)
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