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When volcanoes erupted with meaning
Thursday, 11 July, 2019
When the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted in April 2010 it threw up a huge ash plume 9 kilometres into the sky. Yet the resulting 21st-century anecdotes pale in comparison to the 18th-century narratives related by travellers in Naples, on the flanks of Vesuvius or Etna.
What else makes a critical edition?
Thursday, 4 July, 2019
Material constraints in publishing can sometimes have the beneficial effect of focusing attention anew on the importance of the intellectual content of the book.
Digital d’Holbach
Thursday, 27 June, 2019
Grâce à un don de la Mellon Foundation, la Voltaire Foundation a entamé une édition numérique des œuvres complètes du baron d’Holbach, l’un des penseurs clés des Lumières radicales françaises.
Networks of Enlightenment: new approaches, new perspectives
Monday, 17 June, 2019
What is notable about the Enlightenment is the prominence of its ‘great groups’, or networks.
Christophe Paillard
Wednesday, 12 June, 2019
L’équipe de la Voltaire Foundation a eu la grande tristesse d’apprendre le décès de notre collègue et ami Christophe Paillard, voltairiste passionné et spécialiste de Jean-Louis Wagnière.
Voltaire as philosophical historian and historian of modernity
Thursday, 6 June, 2019
Voltaire was not an academic historian. In his defence, he never claimed to be one, and his histories are all the more interesting for it.
The Voltaire Foundation blog: a collaborative resource for all 18th-century enthusiasts
Thursday, 30 May, 2019
The Voltaire Foundation blog recently marked its sixth anniversary, having clocked up some 250 posts.
D’Argenson’s ‘Considérations’
Tuesday, 21 May, 2019
One of the key texts of the early Enlightenment, by the marquis d’Argenson, which circulated clandestinely in manuscript for decades before its posthumous publication as the ‘Considérations sur le gouvernement’ in 1764, mounted a scathing indictment of the Old Regime social and political order.
Prof. Catriona Seth, the inaugural lecture of the eighth Oxford Marshal Foch Professor
Wednesday, 15 May, 2019
The inaugural lecture on 9 May 2019.
The best Voltaire books – recommended by Nicholas Cronk
Thursday, 2 May, 2019
Voltaire is the most famous of the Enlightenment thinkers. Not necessarily the most radical or the most extreme philosophe, but certainly the one with the highest profile.

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