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The Fables of Reason: A Study of Voltaire's Contes Philosophiques

Roger Pearson


Three hundred years after his birth in 1694, this is the first comprehensive study of Voltaire's Contes Philosophiques: the philosophical tales for which he is now best remembered and which include the masterpiece Candide. This book situates each of the 26 stories in its historical and intellectual context and offers new readings and approaches in the light of modern critical thinking. It rejects the traditional view that Voltaire's Contes were the private expression of his philosophical perplexity, written merely in the margins of his historiography and his campaigns against the Establishment ... More

Keywords: Voltaire, Contes Philosophiques, Candide, historiography, Establishment, narrative, religion, economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198158806
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158806.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Pearson, author
The Queen's College, Oxford
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