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Berkeley revisited: moral, social and political philosophy Front cover of latest OSE volume Ed. Sébastien Charles Recent research has focused on Berkeley’s theory of immaterialism as the defining element of his thinking. New readings of his work gathered in this volume position immaterialism as a component of a much broader, overarching apologetic project, which is highly pragmatic in nature.

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Volume 13B: Siècle de Louis XIV (IV): Chapitres 13-24 page from Siecle

Ed. Diego Venturino

The Siècle de Louis XIV is a milestone in Voltaire’s career as historian-philosopher. The work signals the beginning of modern historiography as well as modern literary history. This volume contains chapters 13 to 24 of this seminal work, continuing the history of the king’s foreign policy from 1676 until his death in 1715.

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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.