from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- French philosopher and writer whose works often attack injustice and intolerance. He wrote the satirical novel Candide (1759) and the Philosophical Dictionary (1764).
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- proper noun
pen nameof the French philosopherFrançois-Marie Arouet
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- noun French writer who was the embodiment of 18th century Enlightenment (1694-1778)
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Absent a quote from Volta, I guess one from Voltaire is ok for this topic.
Thomas Hobbes wrote on his bedsheets, and when those were full he "scrawled on his thighs"; Voltaire is said to have used his naked mistress's back for a desk.
Voltaire is pointing out the irony he sees (as a Frenchman) of executing and therefore promoting the opposite behaviour of a victorious war leader for the violation of a Principle ofWar.
You know, the place was built in 1929 and it was called the Voltaire.
But, yes: as I say, Voltaire is an unconventional Catholic, like Cyrano de Bergerac; and that fact informs the sorts of fantastic literature they wrote (SF).
He took the name Voltaire during his first sojourn in the Bastille.
Much like a reader today isn't able to grasp all the political and social criticism in Voltaire's Candide, I can see some works of Golden Age scifi having the same problem (we don't live in the cold war era anymore and that fear no longer drives us, as an example.)
We cannot label Voltaire either spiritualist or materialist.
Lamb, "you old lake poet, you rascally poet, why do you call Voltaire dull?"
Besides the criticism of the acting, he called Voltaire "the envious bard" because it was only with much reluctance and ill-humor that he permitted the performance of Iphigenie of Racine.