Theology & Philosophy

Liberty, Nature, and Wisdom in the Philosophical Tales of the French Enlightenment


This conference explored themes of liberty, convention, nature, and wisdom in four French Enlightenment travel tales: Montesquieu's Persian Letters, Voltaire's Zadig, Diderot's Supplement to Bougainville's Voyage, and de Graffigny's Letters from a Peruvian Woman.


Conference Readings

Diderot, Denis. Rameau’s Nephew and Other Works. Edited by Jacques Barzun. Translated by Jacques Barzun. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2001.

Graffigny, Françoise de. Letters from a Peruvian Woman. Translated by David Kornacker. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 1993.

Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat. The Persian Letters. Translated by George R. Healy. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1999.

Voltaire. The Portable Voltaire. Edited by Ben Ray Redman. New York: Penguin Books, 1977.