Voltaire and the Socinians

Author: R. E. Florida

Volume: 122

Series: SVEC

Publication Date: 1974

Pages: 275

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0017-6

Price: £35


A note on quotations
I. Socinianism
A. Introduction
B. The history of anti-Nicene churches
C. Socinian thought
D. What is a Socinian?
II. Socinianism interpreted (1680-1715)
A. Introduction
B. Socinian self-interpretation
C. Catholic interpretation of Socinianism
D. ‘Socinian’ as a term of abuse
E. Summary
III. Voltaire’s religion and Socinianism before his English exile
A. Childhood and youth
B. Literary success
C. The Netherlands, 1722
D. The road to England (1722-1726); Digression
E. Summary
IV. Voltaire in England
A. The visit
B. Contacts with Socinians and Socinianism
C. Other contacts with English religion
D. The Henriade
E. Summary
V. Socinians in the Lettres philosophiques
A. Introduction
B. The Socinians
C. The seventh Lettre philosophique, ‘Sur les Sociniens, ou Ariens, ou anti-Trinitaires’
D. 1734: Voltaire a Socinian?
VI. Voltaire and Socinianism: The quiet years (1734-1754)
A. Diffused influences
B. Explicit references
C. Conclusion
VII. Voltaire decides the Swiss are Socinians (1754-1756)
A. The road to Switzerland
B. Geneva and Voltaire: the beginnings
C. Voltaire and Lausanne
VIII. Quarrels about Socinianism at Geneva (1756-1758)
A. L’âme atroce
B. The ‘Genève’ article in the Encyclopédie
IX. Later reflections on Socinianism in Geneva (1758-1777)
A. Rousseau (1758-1759)
B. Alembert (1759)
C. Vernet
D. Rousseau and Vernet (1764-1766)
E. Charles Bonnet
F. Voltaire (1759-1777)
X. Voltaire and Socinianism outside Geneva (1758-1778)
General summary
XI. Appendix A: Genevese letters from the âme atroce affair
XII. Appendix B: Extracts from the Dupan-Freudenreich correspondence about the ‘Genève’ article controversy
Bibliographical abbreviations
List of works cited

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