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The Fables of ReasonA Study of Voltaire's Contes Philosophiques$
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Roger Pearson

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198158806

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158806.001.0001

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Fallen Fables

Fallen Fables

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The Fables of Reason


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This chapter discusses the different fables that were written by Voltaire, such as Zadig, La Princesse de Babylone, and Candide. It shows how the Voltairian conte is able to undermine and mock the different ‘fables’ of reason that had been created by economists, metaphysicians, rationalists, and theologians. These works are able to provide the means to an answer, instead of providing the answer.

Keywords:   Voltaire, Voltairian, conte, fables, Zadig, Babylone, Candide, metaphysicians, economists, rationalists

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