The Voltaire Foundation at the University of Oxford is a world leader for eighteenth-century scholarship. Our core mission is to research and publish the definitive edition in French of the Complete Works of Voltaire (Œuvres complètes de Voltaire). This is the most ambitious project in French literature currently being undertaken outside France. Writers and historians need to be able to read Voltaire in a definitive version which has, astonishingly, never been produced; completion of the Oxford edition will mark a major event in our study and understanding of the Enlightenment. By arranging and analysing Voltaire’s writings chronologically, we are untangling the evolution of his thought, radically changing our image of Voltaire. The project has attracted major funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, from the British Academy and the European Union. In 2010 the Académie française awarded the Voltaire Foundation the Prix Hervé Deluen to pay tribute to the project.
Securing the future
In the longer term, our goal is to enhance our endowment so that the Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment, currently in a fledgling state, can build upon the reputation of the Voltaire Foundation and consolidate our position as the leading research and publishing centre for Enlightenment scholarship, fostering collaboration and exchange between scholars internationally. We aspire to expand the current annual programme of lectures into a world-class interdisciplinary research centre, nurturing scholars and scholarship, and hosting seminars and conferences on every aspect of the Enlightenment and the eighteenth century.
We value enormously your support for the work of the Voltaire Foundation. Thank you!
Professor Nicholas Cronk, Director
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