Writings of 1777-1778 (I)

Author: Voltaire

Volume: 80B

Series: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire

Volume Editors: Robert Granderoute and Sheila Mason

Publication Date: 2008

Pages: 498

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0941-4

Price: £110


This volume contains two works of 1777. The Prix de la justice et de l’humanité is a summation of Voltaire’s opinions over a lifetime about the confusions and cruelties in the contemporary justice system.

The Commentaire sur l’Esprit des lois de Montesquieu resulted from Condorcet’s criticisms of Voltaire’s disparaging comments about Montesquieu. At first Voltaire had regarded Montesquieu as an ally in the fight against Church-led oppression, but by 1777 he associated him with republicanism, arguing that L’Esprit des lois ‘aurait dû être intitulé L’Esprit républicain’.

Table of contents

Prix de la justice et de l’humanité (édition critique par Robert Granderoute)

Commentaire sur l’Esprit des lois de Montesquieu (critical edition by Sheila Mason)


The Times Literary Supplement

These beautifully produced texts have been edited in the impeccable way that one has come to associate with the Voltaire Foundation.

Revue Voltaire 10

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