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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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The Enlightenment in Scotland: national and international perspectives Front cover of latest OSE volume Ed. Jean-François Dunyach and Ann Thomson Long since ignored or sidelined, the Scottish Enlightenment is now a controversial topic – damned by some as a conservative movement objectively allied to the enemies of enlightenment, placed centre stage by others as the archetype of what is meant by ‘Enlightenment’. In this book leading experts reassess the issue by exploring both the eighteenth-century intellectual developments taking place within Scotland and the Scottish contribution to the Enlightenment as a whole.

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Volume 26C: Essai sur les mœurs et l’esprit des nations (VIII): Chapitres 177-97 page from Essai

Ed. B. Bernard, J. Renwick et al.

This volume contains the final chapters of Voltaire’s text, ch.177-197, which start with an overview of Europe of the late 16th and 17th centuries before turning east to the Ottomans, Persians, Mughals, China and Japan. The text concludes with ch.197, ‘Résumé de toute cette histoire jusqu’au temps où commence le beau siècle de Louis XIV’.

‘Cette nouvelle édition s’annonce d’ores et déjà comme un outil de travail indispensable pour étudier ce complexe et monumental ouvrage de Voltaire qui marque un clivage dans la manière traditionnelle d’écrire l’histoire.’

Luigi Delia, Revue philosophique de la France et de l’étranger

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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.