La Philosophie de l’histoire

Author: Voltaire

Volume: 59

Series: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire

Volume Editors: J. H. Brumfitt

Publication Date: 1969

Pages: 335

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0223-1

Price: £105


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La Philosophie de l’histoire is an essential piece of Voltairean doctrine, but it has always been a somewhat neglected work, partly due to Voltaire’s decision to incorporate it in the Essai sur les mœurs. This edition restores Voltaire’s original conception of the work, in order to restore its separate identity, to describe the genesis and elucidate the meaning of the work, to trace the ways in which it was later modified and to estimate its importance for Voltaire’s thought and for the development of modern historiography.

Reviews

Plutôt que d’approfondir ou même de discuter les idées de Voltaire, ambition qui dépasserait le cadre d’une simple introduction, M. Brumfitt a pour principal souci de situer toujours le plus exactement possible Voltaire par rapport à ses prédécesseurs et contemporains, ce qui nous vaut une suite d’aperçus intéressants dans la perspective desquels l’étude des sources a une importance privilégiée.

Madeleine Laurent-Hubert, Revue d’Histoire littéraire de la France 65.3 (1965)

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