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L’Expérience de la perte autour du ‘moment 1800’ Front cover of latest OSE volume Philip Knee La culture de la perte naît autour du ‘moment 1800’ – l’époque où une nouvelle appréhension de l’historicité émerge. Philip Knee examine cette expérience chez quelques écrivains soucieux de l’héritage religieux qui les habite après la Révolution.

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Volume 77B: Œuvres de 1775-1776 Voltaire book display It would be hard to overstate the importance of Turgot, Louis XVI’s contrôleur général des finances, in Voltaire's writings of 1775-1776. When Voltaire isn’t praising his reforms in verse, he is petitioning the king and his minister on behalf of the pays de Gex and considering doing so on behalf of the serfs of Saint-Claude. Even after Turgot’s fall from grace, Voltaire plans an edition of his edicts in his honour. At the same time, Voltaire is writing about the Chinese and Indian cultures that he admires so much.


Correspondance de Pierre Bayle, vol.XI: août 1697–décembre 1698, Lettres 1281-1405 Bayle Dictionaire title page Bayle prépare la deuxième édition du Dictionnaire, qui suscite éloges et critiques. Il fournit de jour en jour sa copie aux imprimeurs, et répond au Jugement de l’abbé Renaudot, relayé par Jurieu. S’ensuit une nouvelle guerre de pamphlets, et une nouvelle ‘affaire Bayle’, qui est celle des articles ‘scandaleux’ du Dictionnaire. Elle donnera lieu à la composition des Eclaircissements.