Political Theory

Liberty and the Age of Voltaire


This conference explored themes of liberty, optimism, pessimism, and toleration in Voltaire through three of his works on England, toleration, and the novel Candide.


Conference Readings

Voltaire. Letters concerning the English Nation. Edited by Nicholas Cronk. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Voltaire. Treatise on Toleration. Edited by Desmond M. Clarke. Translated by Desmond M. Clarke. New York: Penguin Classics USA, 2016.

Voltaire. Candide and Related Texts. Translated by David Wootton. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 2000.