Philosophical Letters: (Letters Concerning the English Nation)

3.77 avg rating
( 1,645 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780486426730: Philosophical Letters: (Letters Concerning the English Nation)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Best known for his philosophical novel Candide, Voltaire ranked among the leading intellectuals of the Enlightenment period. His two-and-a-half-year sojourn in England left a profound impression, and these letters — written as though explaining English society to a French friend — focus on the country's religion and politics, with commentaries on Quakers, the Church of England, Presbyterians, Anti-Trinitarians, Parliament, the government, and commerce. They also include essays on Locke, Descartes, and Newton. Voltaire was much influenced by English tolerance, and his observations on the subject sounded a revolutionary note among European readers that resonated for long afterward. First published in English in 1733, Philosophical Letters was condemned by the French government as "likely to inspire a license of thought most dangerous to religion and civil order." It remains a landmark of the Age of Reason.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Back Cover:

In his Philosophical Letters, Voltaire provides a pungent and often satirical assessment of the religion, politics, science, and arts of the England he observed during his nearly three-year exile. In addition to the Letters, this edition provides a translation of Voltaire's "Proposal for a Letter about the English," a general Introduction, chronology, notes, and bibliography.

"This fluid new translation, with abundant explanatory notes and an insightful Introduction to Voltaire's literary strategies, will make an excellent edition for students, as well as a useful resource for scholars."
--Ann Blair, Harvard University

"This crisp new translation captures the spirit of Voltaire's original, and John Leigh's introductory essay provides essential insights into the myriad ways in which this groundbreaking work of the French Enlightenment solicits the approval and -- even more importantly -- the complicity of its intended readers."
--John Iverson, Whitman College

About the Author:

John Leigh is a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, and University Lecturer in the Department of French, at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Prudence L. Steiner took her Ph.D. in American Literature at Harvard University, where she served as Lecturer and Director of the Harvard Extension School Writing Program.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Voltaire
Published by Dover Publications (2011)
ISBN 10: 0486426734 ISBN 13: 9780486426730
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dover Publications, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # 0486426734

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Voltaire
Published by Dover Publishers
ISBN 10: 0486426734 ISBN 13: 9780486426730
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dover Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0486426734

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 5.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Voltaire
ISBN 10: 0486426734 ISBN 13: 9780486426730
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2011. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780486426730

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 5.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Voltaire
Published by Dover Publications Inc., United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0486426734 ISBN 13: 9780486426730
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dover Publications Inc., United States, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Best known for his philosophical novel Candide, Voltaire ranked among the leading intellectuals of the Enlightenment period. His two-and-a-half-year sojourn in England left a profound impression, and these letters -- written as though explaining English society to a French friend -- focus on the country s religion and politics, with commentaries on Quakers, the Church of England, Presbyterians, Anti-Trinitarians, Parliament, the government, and commerce. They also include essays on Locke, Descartes, and Newton. Voltaire was much influenced by English tolerance, and his observations on the subject sounded a revolutionary note among European readers that resonated for long afterward. First published in English in 1733, Philosophical Letters was condemned by the French government as likely to inspire a license of thought most dangerous to religion and civil order. It remains a landmark of the Age of Reason. Seller Inventory # AAC9780486426730

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Voltaire
Published by Dover Publications Inc., United States (2011)
ISBN 10: 0486426734 ISBN 13: 9780486426730
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dover Publications Inc., United States, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Best known for his philosophical novel Candide, Voltaire ranked among the leading intellectuals of the Enlightenment period. His two-and-a-half-year sojourn in England left a profound impression, and these letters -- written as though explaining English society to a French friend -- focus on the country s religion and politics, with commentaries on Quakers, the Church of England, Presbyterians, Anti-Trinitarians, Parliament, the government, and commerce. They also include essays on Locke, Descartes, and Newton. Voltaire was much influenced by English tolerance, and his observations on the subject sounded a revolutionary note among European readers that resonated for long afterward. First published in English in 1733, Philosophical Letters was condemned by the French government as likely to inspire a license of thought most dangerous to religion and civil order. It remains a landmark of the Age of Reason. Seller Inventory # AAC9780486426730

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Voltaire
Published by Dover Publications
ISBN 10: 0486426734 ISBN 13: 9780486426730
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dover Publications. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0486426734. Seller Inventory # Z0486426734ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Voltaire
Published by Dover Publications
ISBN 10: 0486426734 ISBN 13: 9780486426730
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dover Publications. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0486426734. Seller Inventory # Z0486426734ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Voltaire
Published by Dover Publications
ISBN 10: 0486426734 ISBN 13: 9780486426730
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Vital Products COM LLC
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dover Publications. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0486426734. Seller Inventory # Z0486426734ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Voltaire
Published by Dover Publications
ISBN 10: 0486426734 ISBN 13: 9780486426730
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dover Publications. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0486426734 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # NATARAJB1FI995532

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Voltaire
ISBN 10: 0486426734 ISBN 13: 9780486426730
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. Best known for his philosophical novel Candide, Voltaire ranked among the leading intellectuals of the Enlightenment period, and this collection of essays attests to the philosopher's irre.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 160 pages. 0.186. Seller Inventory # 9780486426730

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.04
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book