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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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Education and ‘Merry Hissing’: Histoire dʼun bon brahmin, Pot-pourri, Le Blanc et le noir, Jeannot et Colin, Petite digression, and Aventure indienne.

Education and ‘Merry Hissing’: Histoire dʼun bon brahmin, Pot-pourri, Le Blanc et le noir, Jeannot et Colin, Petite digression, and Aventure indienne.

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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/9780198158806.003.0009

This chapter discusses the different works that Voltaire wrote during the 1760s. It was during this time that the debate regarding education in France had reached its peak. The main issue surrounding this debate was whether education in the country should be handled by the State or the Church. Through these stories, Voltaire showed that mankind shares the same notions of right and wrong and that moral education is what counts. This is best effected by listening to reason. These works also include the different philosophies and philosophers as purveyors of fiction, including Descartes, Spinoza, and Pascal.

Keywords:   Voltaire, 1760s, debate, moral education, reason, fiction, Descartes, Spinoza, Pascal

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