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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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Man in the World: Le Monde comme il van, Zadig, Memnon, and Lettre dʼun turc

Man in the World: Le Monde comme il van, Zadig, Memnon, and Lettre dʼun turc

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(p.72) 6 Man in the World: Le Monde comme il van, Zadig, Memnon, and Lettre dʼun turc
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The Fables of Reason
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ROGER PEARSON

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158806.003.0006

This chapter discusses four of Voltaire's works, which are centered on anthropology and ethics. One of Voltaire's literary tools present in these four stories is the problem of evil, with Leibniz and the Pope as two of his targets. Nevertheless, Voltaire shows that he never completely lost faith in a rational God, which can be seen in the Histoire de Jenni. The voyage of reason has become the central narrative device that is used in most of Voltaire's contes.

Keywords:   anthropology, ethics, evil, Voltaire, reason, narrative device, Jenni

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