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The Voltaire Foundation is a world leader for eighteenth-century scholarship, publishing the definitive edition of the Complete Works of Voltaire (Œuvres complètes de Voltaire), as well as Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (previously SVEC), the foremost series devoted to Enlightenment studies, and the correspondences of several key French thinkers.

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Charles-Joseph Natoire and the Académie de France in Rome: A re-evaluation Front cover of latest OSE volume Reed Benhamou In this fascinating reappraisal of Natoire, artist and longest-serving director of the Académie de France in Rome, Reed Benhamou not only unravels the myth and reality that surround him, but also sheds light on the workings of the institution he served for nearly a quarter of a century. Related blog post by this author: Learning art in Rome… à la française.

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Volume 79B: Religious works of 1776 Voltaire book display Un chrétien contre six Juifs and the Histoire de l’établissement du christianisme, along with La Bible enfin expliquée (OCV, vol.79A), are Voltaire’s last great works dealing with religion. In them he aims at the final destruction of l’Infâme as represented in characters from the Old Testament, Christian superstition, and religious intolerance. Voltaire had fought regularly against all these in the years after 1761. What distinguishes this latest production is the comprehensive quality of his enterprise and the shared outlook in promoting the ideal of deism.

Correspondences

Correspondance de Pierre Bayle
vol.XII: janvier 1699–décembre 1702, Lettres 1406–1590
Pierre Bayle Bayle achève la deuxième édition du Dictionnaire, comportant des ‘Eclaircissements’ qui confirment la position philosophique et religieuse adoptée dans la première édition. Le cercle de Bayle s’élargit encore: il fait la connaissance de Shaftesbury et de Pierre Des Maizeaux, il est reçu à La Haye par la reine Sophie Charlotte, et il maintient ses contacts avec Pierre Coste. Il ne se repose pas mais se lance dans la composition de ses dernières œuvres.