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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.

Voltaire was the greatest of the Enlightenment philosophers, and his voice and values remain a vital presence in European culture today. It is the mission of the Voltaire Foundation to promote and explore these values.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau face au public: problèmes d’identité

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Masano Yamashita

Une analyse de l’articulation entre les stratégies rhétoriques de l’adresse au lecteur chez Rousseau et sa conception proprement philosophique de la communication, mettant en lumière l’originalité et la lucidité de l’auteur face aux difficultés liées à cette société de l’information d’Ancien Régime.

Read the blog post by author Masano Yamashita: Rousseau and the perils of public address.

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (previously SVEC), 2017:05


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Voltaire, Siècle de Louis XIV (II): Listes et Catalogue des écrivains

Figure 2 from OCV12

Jean-Mathias Fontaine, Adam Billaut (1823), inv.grav.lp 32.100.5 © Château de Versailles (Dist. RMN-Grand Palais); image Château de Versailles (click to enlarge).

Ed. Diego Venturino

This is the fifth of six volumes of Voltaire’s Siècle de Louis XIV to be published by the Voltaire Foundation, in collaboration with the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles. The reign of Louis XIV (the Sun King) defined the era of the ‘Grand siècle’ and saw France rise to become the dominant player on the European stage. Voltaire’s seminal work is both a milestone in his career as a historian-philosopher and a monument of eighteenth-century historiography.

Complete Works of Voltaire, vol.12


Correspondance de Pierre Bayle
vol.XIV: 1706–1732, Lettres 1742–1791

Bayle portrait in frontispiece

Notre dernier volume couvre une période d’une trentaine d’années après la mort de Pierre Bayle. Ses derniers écrits font l’objet de publications par Reinier Leers, et nous suivons dans la correspondance de Des Maizeaux sa préparation de son édition des lettres de Bayle, du Dictionnaire et de sa double traduction anglaise, des Œuvres diverses et de sa Vie de Mr Bayle publiée en 1730.


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Correspondance de Mme de Graffigny – now complete
Vol.1–15: 1716–1759, Lettres 1–2518 Mme de Graffigny ‘She was the world’s most famous writer at one time […] but there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of her. Françoise de Graffigny was admired throughout Europe in the mid 18th century for her novel Lettres d’une Péruvienne and her drama Cénie. […] But over two centuries later her name was pretty well forgotten. Then in 1975 a group of international scholars based at the University of Toronto came together to edit over 2500 letters written by Mme de Graffigny. Now, 40 years later, it’s finally been completed [and published by the Voltaire Foundation].’ – Editors Professor David Smith and Professor Penny Arthur’s CBC Radio One interview on the programme Fresh Air (24 April 2016):