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Exploring Voltaire’s letters: between close and distant readings
Tuesday, 20 October, 2020
In our new book, ‘Voltaire’s correspondence: digital readings’, we have experimented with a range of digital humanities methods.
The forces of reproduction. Meta/physics and insect sex in eighteenth-century entomology
Thursday, 15 October, 2020
In the early modern era, popular opinion on insect reproduction was based on ‘spontaneous generation’.
Besterman Lecture 2020: 'Who were the French Revolutionaries?’ by Professor William Doyle
Tuesday, 13 October, 2020
The Voltaire Foundation warmly invites you to the 2020 Besterman Lecture: ‘Who were the French Revolutionarie
Enlightenment Studies Programme - Michaelmas Term 2020 
Friday, 9 October, 2020
Enlightenment Studies Programme  Michaelmas Term 2020
Alexander Radishchev’s ‘Journey from St Petersburg to Moscow’
Thursday, 8 October, 2020
‘Each person is born into this world the equal of any other.’ – This line opens a speech in the court trial of a family of serfs who killed their master in self-defence. This line and other statements about inequality, human rights, and social justice, are of crucial importance in Alexander Radishchev’s ‘Journey from St Petersburg to Moscow’ (1790).  
Interview with Professor Alan Charles Kors: 250th anniversary of Baron d’Holbach’s Système de la nature
Tuesday, 6 October, 2020
2020 will mark the 250th anniversary of the publication of one of the most important texts of the French Enlightenment:
Launch of Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence digital edition
Tuesday, 6 October, 2020
Launch  of Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence digital edition
L’‘Essai sur les mœurs’: une lecture personnelle
Thursday, 1 October, 2020
L’Essai sur les mœurs est en grande partie un recensement de la souffrance infligée par la cruauté humaine sous toutes ses formes, et de la quête de liberté au moins sous certaines formes.
Lumières de Descartes. La première diffusion de la philosophie cartésienne dans le Royaume de Naples
Thursday, 24 September, 2020
Cette présentation de la philosophie de Renato (comme Giambattista Vico appelait Descartes) était fausse.
Discovering Voltaire and Rousseau in song
Thursday, 17 September, 2020
The Voltaire Foundation is co-sponsoring an event in Oxford next month, ‘Voltaire, Rousseau and the Enlightenment’ – nothing surprising about the title, but for the fact that this event will take place as part of the 2020 Oxford Lieder Festival.